Starting Your Career: Life After College
March 6, 2020 | Mason Roberts
Life after college can be stressful—it can be disheartening to not find a job right away. At times, it can feel like the situation is hopeless when no one is responding to your resumé. You start to spiral, thinking if you don't have a job, then you won't have money for when an emergency arises. A car title loan might be a good idea in such a case, but only if you can pay back the loan. All’s not lost, however, because there are many actions that you can take to make yourself and your experience stand out from the rest of the job seekers!
If you follow the advice in this article, your chances of finding a job in an industry you like will increase by a significant margin. One thing that all of these tips have in common is that they involve taking action. If you don’t alter your actions, nothing can ever change for you.
Network With Everyone That You Can (Even In College)
The first and most important action that anyone can take after college includes networking. If you haven’t started networking while you still attend college, you must start today. Become a contact with supervisors of your part-time jobs and professors that taught your relevant courses. Ask for permission to use them as references for your applications.
It also pays to network among your fellow classmates, as they might have leads on openings that would be perfect for you. LinkedIn is a necessary website for the purposes of networking as well. There exists entire courses on how to successfully navigate LinkedIn, but simply networking with everyone that you can is a great place to start.
Gain As Much Job Experience As You Can (During AND After College)
Oftentimes, it can feel like employers look for just one thing: experience. When all of that school you spent a lot of time and energy on doesn’t seem like enough, try to get as much experience as you can. Whether this means volunteering or applying for internships or part-time jobs, it remains important that you keep busy. Employers want to see your education in action, so it is best to SHOW what you learned and not just tell them. Experience doesn’t have to be a paid job to get you noticed.
Educate Yourself In How To Get Hired
I know this sounds obvious. After all, you are educating yourself by reading this blog article. The advice remains sound just the same.
There are many courses that can really increase your chances of landing your dream job. For example, there exists free courses on how to write an attractive resume and how to act during an interview. Choosing advice from experienced professionals can yield excellent results. Your tax dollars pay for these services to be free, so why not use them when you need them?
Get Moving Early
To be in the best position possible for finding work after college, you should really start all of the above advice while you still attend school. You might find that option no longer available to you. If that's the case, following this advice can still kickstart your ability to find work after college.
As stated numerous times, the only action that will hurt your chances of finding a great career remains inaction. Putting in hard work will yield wonderful results if you have the endurance to keep trying. Keep getting up after your failures and nothing will stop you.