Three Tips to Help You Land a Job after Graduation

1 Nov

Feeling nervous about getting a job when you graduate?  Worried that you might not land the one you want, or worse, that you won’t get one at all?  As it turns out, these anxieties are completely natural.  Landing a job in today’s economy is no easy task, especially for recent graduates.

The good news is that others have been through the process before you, and you can learn from their mistakes.  For a recent Wall Street Journal article, Kelly Eggers interviewed career coaches, recruiters, and recent graduates in order to compile a list of the ten worst mistakes made by first-time job hunters.  Here are the three lessons I learned from that article that I found to be the most useful:

  • Start Your Search Early: It’s never too soon to start your job search process, and the more you procrastinate, the fewer choices you’ll have.  Starting your search early keeps you one step ahead of the competition and your options open.  You may have thought (I know I did!) that there was nothing you could do until you became a junior or senior, but you can start the job search process now by figuring out what companies you are interested in working for.
  • Add a Job or Internship to Your Classes: Contrary to what I used to think, the summer is not the only time to complete an internship and gain work experience – you can hold a job or an internship during the school year as well.  Making time for a job or internship between classes and other activities may seem challenging, but the professional experience they can give is irreplaceable, no matter what the position or type of work is.  Additionally, a job or internship can also lead to references and networking opportunities, which can really help in the job search process.
  • Use Your Career Center: This may seem obvious, but a visit or two (or several) to your Career Center can go a long way to helping you land a job.  From helping with your resume to giving a mock interview, your Career Center can do almost anything to help you get hired.  In fact, that’s what it’s there for!  Personally I have found that even if you don’t have something specific you need help with, the Career Center’s informational pamphlets on internships and recruiting opportunities can be very useful in the job search process.

All in all, being successful in the job search process comes down to proactivity.  The more you do, the better the chance you will have of being hired, so start working to help get yourself a job today!

For more on Kelly Eggers’ ten worst mistakes made by first-time job hunters, visit:

by Kyle Martin-Patterson


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