Let’s face it–finding a job isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world. Finding the right job is even harder.
So, here’s some advice from this semi-recent grad(1 year ago) for those who may be having the same freak out I was not so long ago.
- Have a killer resume. If your resume doesn’t stand out from the crowd, it’s most likely going to get lost in the pile. Your professors tell you this for a reason! The first thing my new boss told me upon getting hired is that he loved my resume and the unique design of it. Be original.
- Don’t settle, but do realize you may not get your dream job right out of the gate.
- Research the salaries for your field and the location you live in.
- NETWORK. It’s not only about what you know, but who.
- Pay attention to benefits. The posted salary may not be what you’re looking for, but a 401K program, health and dental insurance, and PTO could make up for what you’re missing.
- Be yourself. You don’t want to end up spending 40+ hours with people you don’t get along with. You’re not right for every company, just as every company isn’t right for you. Be yourself in the interview and your chances of finding the right job will increase exponentially.
- APPLY APPLY APPLY. Jobs don’t just magically come out of thin air (unless you are blessed by the Career Gods, and in that case, put in a good word for me). The more you apply for, the better your chances are of getting an interview. It’s simple statistics, people.
- On that note, apply various places. Look online. Call people. LinkedIn is great. There’s no wrong way to find a job as long as you find one.
- Stay calm. It will all work out. Be patient. I did 8 interviews for one job and didn’t get it. Yet, I did a 15min interview for my current job, and they hired me the next day. It’s all about finding the right fit for you.
- If you’re still in school, INTERN INTERN INTERN. No, you probably won’t get paid monetarily, but the experience and the boost it gives your resume is priceless.
- Upgrade that closet. You need a solid, professional wardrobe (depending on what your career field is the clothes will vary). Nonetheless, first impressions are important. Besides, this is a good excuse to shop!
- Focus on academic groups on campus. In my experience, having a good GPA is nice, but overall, the people hiring you don’t care if you have a 4.0 or a 2.5. If you don’t have the experience or an apparent drive for success, they will most likely say “pass”.
- Realize the job you get does not have to be the job you have for 30 years. It’s ok to get a couple of years experience so that you can move on to bigger and better things. On the other hand, don’t count the job out just because your first couple of months aren’t what you expected. It could end up being your dream job, or at least teach you some valuable lessons to take with you through the rest of your career path.
I’m far from being an expert on this, but maybe some of these will help you out. And remember–you’re job does NOT define you, but if you have to spend 40 waking hours of your week doing it, you might as well enjoy it. Happy hunting!