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Planning Ahead: 8 Killer Strategies for Getting a Job After College

Planning Ahead: 8 Killer Strategies for Getting a Job After College

There has been a lot of talk about not needing to go to college for a job these days. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case everywhere.

Believe it or not, 37% of companies have increased their educational requirements for positions that previously required a high school degree. Chances are, it will be more difficult than you think to get the job you want without a degree. The good news is that you’re about to graduate and the world is your oyster!

If you’re concerned about finding a job after you finish school, this post will help. Below are eight things you can do to make getting a job after college easier.

1. Go to Your Career Center

Your college doesn’t want you to get out into the workforce and not find a job so they offer plenty of resources to help you land your dream career.

Look around campus for a career center. These locations will have resources available to help you prepare for your job hunt.

They will help you prepare a resume, practice interviews, learn work etiquette, and more. Having someone sit down to help you prepare in person can make all the difference when looking for a job.

2. Head to LinkedIn

Job boards aren’t the only places to find jobs anymore. Many professionals and recruiters now use LinkedIn to look for talent.

Start by signing up for a profile and adding the people you already know to your network. You can potentially be put in touch with people from companies that you want to work for through your connections.

LinkedIn also offers a way for you to showcase your skills. Use their experience section to showcase any work you did in the past that’s relevant to the job you’re applying to. If you can show the work that you’ve done with a portfolio, even better.

3. Join a Professional Group

In-person networking is often forgotten with how connected we’ve become through the internet. But it’s still one of the best ways to meet people in your industry.

Look through your local news or meetup groups to find get-togethers held by people in your industry. You’ll be able to meet the people who already do the work you want to do.

Your goal is to become friends with these people and add value to their lives. If you can show them that you know what you’re talking about, you’ll have an easier time getting your foot in the front door at a business.

4. Create a Targeted Resume

Does your resume focus on old jobs that have nothing to do with the job you’re trying to get? If so, you may be giving employers a reason to skip past your resume. It makes more sense to tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.

Doing this may not be simple when you’re first getting out of college. But that doesn’t mean you can’t showcase your skills. You can start by talking about the projects you’ve worked on in college that helped you learn the skills you need for the job.

If you want to go a step further, see if there are any projects you can work on outside of college that will help showcase your skills. Doing this shows initiative and will help employers understand what you’re capable of doing.

Read more here to see an example of a resume that is tailored for a job.

5. Find an Internship

If you haven’t graduated yet, there are still things you can do to give you an edge when job hunting after school. One of those is to find an internship while you’re still in school.

Many companies hire students looking for real-life experience. Ask your college to see if there are any of these in your chosen profession.

An internship will enable you to get real experience in the job you want to get. Your internship is an experience that you can put on your resume that will put you ahead of other job candidates fresh out of school.

6. Practice Your Interview Skills

While not all interviews are the same, there are a few skills you can practice to increase your chances of having a good first meeting.

The first is to look for the standard interview questions that you will find regularly. Here are a few of the interview questions you can practice answering:

  • What’s your biggest strength?
  • What’s your biggest weakness?
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What sets you apart from other candidates?
  • Why do you want to work at our company?
  • What’s your most significant achievement?

There are more questions out there, so make sure to practice them all. The more questions you prepare for, the better chance you have.

7. Get in Touch With Your Alumni Association

An alumni association isn’t only there for show. It’s there to help people who have graduated from college. Use it to your advantage.

When you become friendly with the people in your alumni, you’re building a network of people who can help you land a job. When you do finally graduate from college, get in touch with people in your alumni to ask for referrals.

People like to help others. The chances are there will be someone who will refer you for a position in a company.

8. Stay on Top of Industry News

Are you planning on working in a fast-paced industry? If so, you need to keep on top of what’s going on in your industry. You need to stay up to date on the news if you want to do that.

When you’re up to date on what’s happening, you can bring this knowledge to your interviews. If you’re interviewing with the people you’ll be working with instead of HR, you’ll be able to have a more meaningful conversation in your interview.

This can make all the difference.

Getting a Job After College Takes Planning and Effort

You’re in for a surprise if you think you’re guaranteed a job after you graduate from college. Getting a job after college requires you to prove to potential employers that you’re worth investing in. After all, you still have a lot to learn.

Do you want to learn more strategies for managing your life after college? Head back to our blog to discover your other options.

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