Leaving the comforts of college life to step out into the real world can be quite shocking. Often, instead of being excited and proud of one’s accomplishments, many recent college graduates feel displaced and lacking self confidence. This is a very natural response to leaving a life full of daily responsibilities, focused studying and constant validation from one’s professors.
1. Professor Networking
One’s college professors are the best experts on a student’s abilities and energy. Let it be said that in this article, the assumption is made that a student did well in college and made every effort to succeed. If this is the case, turn to the people that know you best for help and advice. Have an idea of where you wish to work and in what type of capacity. Then, make an appointment to have a small chat with each of your professors.
Make a point to actually schedule an appointment rather than hitting them up after a class or during their lunch. Show these professors that you are serious and dedicated. In almost every case, a professor will be honored to put their stamp of approval on a good student. Ask for a letter of recommendation and boldly ask them if they know anyone who is hiring in your chosen field. You may be very surprised what you get by simply asking for it.
2. Redo Your Resume
Did you know that there has been a change in resume formatting? Most people do not know about this change. By following it, you will stand out in the crowd of applicants. With the recent downfall of the economy, job seekers started tweaking their resumes and it paid off for them. Now, instead of listing your education at the bottom of your resume, put it right at the very top of the page. Employers want to first see the training, skills and experience that are most fitting to the job. Also, include your total GPA. This instantly shows an employer how hard a worker you are.
Underneath your educational information, list your job experience and refrain from listing your job duties. In most cases, job duties show an employer only a fraction of the actual day to day responsibilities. Also, you don’t want to alienate a potential job/employment which has different daily duties that you could perform successfully. Just list the employer’s name and the time period you worked so you can leave the employer something to ask about on the interview.
3. Remember to do What You Love
There is a reason you were first drawn to the field you studied in college. Remembering this particular job or company that first inspired you will help you narrow your job search. Go after a job that you will truly love, and if that is not available just yet, go after the job that is one or two steps below it. In other words, align yourself to get into your dream job by taking the next best thing. Be willing to work your way up cheerfully and gratefully.
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