How to Get a Job After College
Is it your last year of college and you're feeling confused, lost and wondering how the heck you’re going to get a job? It’s a stressful time, especially when you don’t know where to begin with the job search. Here’s 8 tips to help you figure it out.
1. Talk to people.
First and foremost, talk to people! Don’t be afraid to ask for help because many people will be willing to offer advice. This could be a teacher, a boss or a friend of your parents. You might get turned down or ghosted a few times, but putting yourself out there is the first step to getting yourself together. They might help you with simple advice on how to stand out in your specific industry, resume writing tips, or even connect you to someone who can help you more. Be bold!
2. Use LinkedIn.
Take advantage of the connections you can make on LinkedIn. It’s always good to message people in your industry, and maybe they can help you out now or in the future, you never know! So, make sure to keep your profile updated because a future employer could be looking at it. Also, don’t forget to explain what type of job or internship you’re looking for in your headline or about section. You want everybody looking at your profile to know!
3. Update your resume.
You’re going to want to thicken up your resume as much as possible and adjust it based on each job to which you’re applying. For instance, write more details on an experience that relates to the job, rather than details on an irrelevant experience. Think about experiences at school that could pertain to the role like group projects, clubs or events you helped manage and then think about taking out jobs from high school that don't fit in. Make sure to use strong action verbs! It’ll help you stand out.
4. Be nice!
The most important thing I’ve learned throughout college is the importance of being nice. My professors might teach how to work in my industry, but they all continue to say “no one wants to work with you if you’re not nice.” So basically, even if you have all the credentials, if you’re not nice, you’re probably not employable
5. How are you unique?
Figure out what makes you unique as an individual and as an employee and go with it!! Say it in your interviews, cover letters, and LinkedIn. A question I have been asked is, “What do your friends say about you, your co-workers, and your bosses?” Answering these questions to yourself might help you find where you stand out.
6. Evidence is key.
Once you get an interview, it’s so important to be able to talk about what you’ve done. It’s easy to talk about yourself, but to show why you’re good at communicating or how you’re creative is the hard part. Prepare to give examples of why you are the way you are.
7. Do your research.
Before you speak to a potential employer make sure you fully understand the job to which you are applying AND as much detail about the company as you can possibly find on the internet. You really want to do your "due diligence" so you can ask thoughtful questions and show your interest in the role.
8. Be Proactive
Finally, and most importantly, you need to be proactive! It’s so easy to get lost in all the stress of everything you need to do and procrastinate. My best advice is to take it all one step at a time. Think about what you need to do now, do it, then worry about what’s next. Stay focused and get ‘er done!
Written by Nour Nabhan
Boston University Student '20
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