Degree, But What Have You Done?
Job Hunting Strategies for New Grads
grads complain that prospective employers want them to have job experience before
they get considered for that great entry level position. They ask "How am
I supposed to get job experience if no one will hire me?" It's
a good question and there are some good answers.
today's competitive job market, recent graduates need to demonstrate on their resumes how
their college experience yielded more than just a degree.
Study and Internships
simple solution is to work at a part
time job or internship while you are still in school. Make sure to ask for
letters of recommendation
from every supervisor who complements your work habits.
be surprised to learn that many employers care more about your ability to show
up every day on time than your previous training in their field. Most jobs want
to train you to do things their way, but they need to know that after training
you, they will have a reliable employee.
activities also count towards your ability to take responsibility.Undergraduate
students should seek out campus clubs and other organizations that provide opportunities
to use and develop leadership, interpersonal, event planning, fund
raising and other skills that easily transfer to the workplace, says
Michael Lebeau, M.Ed., assistant director of UAB Career Services.
employers also value volunteer activities that offer the chance to gain valuable
experience through community service projects and philanthropic efforts. Having
these kinds of experiences can make a difference in getting the job you really
Creative Thinking About Life Experience
hunting is about matching your skills to an unmet need in the company where you
want to work. Focus on what your prospective employer needs and then figure out
what you can offer to make life easier for them. If you are young, turn that to
your advantage by presenting it as enthusiastic, energetic and eager to learn.
Use social media and blog posts to represent your knowledge and showcase your
ability to focus on what's important. Chances are that the people who interview
you will be following the top blogs in your field. Intelligent posts will get
noticed and give you a step up the ladder in the interview process. Reading the
blogs will tune you in to the language that the pros in your field speak and make
you sound experienced when speaking in the jargon of your profession.
Sell Yourself Short
that even though you may never have worked for a Fortune 500 company, you have
spent years preparing for the job market.
the parts of what you've done that fit what your prospective employers need in
a new hire. Think about what you would look for if you were hiring someone to
do the job you want -- and then make sure you broadcast ALL of your experiences
that showcase your readiness to step in and get the job done.
your life from your first school days and turn your tutoring, babysitting and
fast food jobs into skill honing experiences. How successful were you at selling
raffles and candy bars for fund-raisers? If you were a star, don't be shy. Mention
it. Don't brag or fabricate... that's a turn off. Organize the facts so they speak
housewife who says she is a domestic engineer opens the question of what her responsibilities
were. Years of experience scheduling important meetings, leading group discussions
to maintain morale and meet goals, team building, arbitrating disputes, liaison
between outside agencies and internal projects and so much more!
may not have vast job experience, but you can list what you have done in terms
of how that helped you develop skills you will use in your job... and you can