So you’ve graduated with a your diploma in hand and now you’re wondering, “Well, now what?” You’ve been a student all your life, and now it’s time to go out and get yourself a “real” job.
Well, it’s not as intimidating as it seems. Just take it one step at a time and you’ll get there.
Step 1: Use those networking skills. You’ve spent four plus years (give or take) as a college student and hopefully you’ve used that time to connect with professionals and professors. Now is the time to exploit those connections. Ask them if they know anyone hiring or are looking to fill a position at their company or business. You never know what you may find.
Step 2: Refine your resume. Now that you’re a graduate and are going to be applying for jobs in the “real world,” you need to update your resume. Take out the irrelevant extracurriculars and things you did in high school because those things just aren’t important anymore. Focus on accomplishments and information relevant to the position you’re applying for.
Step 3: Be diligent. Don’t just submit your application and resume online. Go out and see if you can hand your resume to someone in person. Find a way to introduce yourself to whomever it is you want to work for. If you’re in a position to network, have a copy of your resume with you. It’s little things like this that will set you apart from the crowd.
Step 4: Follow up with your interviews. Send a letter, card, note or email thanking the interviewer for their time and that you hope to hear from them soon. This tells them you are genuinely interested in the position, and it could set you above the rest of the competition.
Step 5: You wait. After you’ve done all of this, you have nothing else to do but wait for a response. If you’ve done everything right, it shouldn’t be long until you here back from someone with a job offer.