You’ve graduated college, now what?
Do you decide to continue studying or maybe travel the world? Or do you strive to land the dream job just spent the past four years working towards. For us go-getters the answer is simple, but where do we start? According to Forbes, 53% of recent college graduates are either underemployed or unemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. What a scary number, but we are here to change the status quo.
The first piece of advice to position yourself towards is as follows, HAVE A VISION FOR YOURSELF. Where do you want to see yourself in five, ten years? It’s okay to dream big and recruiters thrive off seeing a recent college graduate with goals larger than life because it means they are willing to hustle and put in the extra work to accomplish and achieve those career aspirations. With this in mind, it’s vital for these points to be reflected in your resume and cover letter to it’s best ability. Do you want to work in digital marketing, do you want to handle content creation, or do you see yourself as a client facing persona at a top Public Relations agency? You may not have all the experience yet but as long as you are willing to work your way up and learn all the ropes there is an appreciation for growth and development and the right job will have the guidance and opportunities to help you get there.
The second piece of advice to fully grasp is, BE SOCIAL. As a communications major, this is the foundation of our vocation; however, for any major this is still 100% applicable. Do not be afraid to reach out to companies, network in and out of your realm, follow up with recruiters and most importantly put yourself out there. Create a brand for yourself and let your personality shine through on and off your computer. Pinpoint what sets your apart from the rest and what skills make you special, hone in on this, and make sure this gets conveyed in conversation. Just because you may not fully project what the job offer is shining, your special skill might be the missing puzzle piece to that company.
Lastly, always remember, BE PATIENT AND PICKY. The bad news is, the perfect job won’t land in your lap in a matter of seconds. Job searches can take months and this is the hardest part of it all, but don’t give up! More time can equal more opportunity, and this allows you to be picky in your search. You’re special, don’t let companies take advantage of this. Does the company reflect the same values as you, are their employees happy and proud to represent, and most importantly are they willing to compensate for all the work you are willing to put in? Don’t dive into a job offer off the bat without evaluating these three questions because the right job will match this without hesitation. Do not be afraid to ask an interviewer for company benefits and their personal experience in the company. Remember that this job will circulate your life and if aren’t inspired by the work you do you will be miserable!
Get inspired by what drives you and what you are passionate about. Recruiters will immediately note this and appreciate it and trust that it will all be worth it in the end!