You fought your way through that brutal final stretch run of exams, review sessions, and all-nighters in the library. You can finally say you are a college graduate! But during all that time spent trying to make sure you got your diploma, did you make sure to spend some time making sure you were employable?
Did you secure a job offer before graduation?
If the answer is no, don’t freak out. It’s going to be okay. You can still get a good job. Here are a few things to remember:
Visit Your Career Services Office
The first step in showing you’re employable? Use the career services office at your school. It’s free after all, even after you graduate. Check out the job listings on their website. In addition, talk to the staff about their connections in the local community.
Play the Numbers Game
Paste your resume everywhere, starting today.
Getting a job, especially an entry-level job, is a numbers game. Don’t try and find the perfect job: it doesn’t exist. And if it did, it went to the kid who got a job in the first semester of senior year. So find as many job listings as you can and get your resume out there. Here are some places to start looking:
Stay Positive and Productive
Don’t get discouraged. I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s important to remember that the qualifications listed on most job postings are wish lists. It may seem like you’re not qualified for anything based on reading job postings, but that’s because the company is describing their ideal candidates. Just like the ideal job, the ideal candidate doesn’t exist that often.
Send the Ultimate Intro: The Cover Letter
Always send a cover letter with your resume. Your resume is naked without it, and as such is timid and lacks confidence. So take some time to make sure you customize your cover letter to every position before you send out your resume and cover letter together. If you can write a forty-page thesis on the political and socioeconomic background of the Super Mario Brothers, you can also write some cover letters.
Now get after it. Get your resume out there. Show you are employable. Then get a good job!
Good luck, graduate.
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