How I Found a Job After College
I think searching for a job might be the reason I now have white hairs growing out of my head.
I was constantly searching “How to Find a Good Job” all over the internet, and nobody was any help. It was stressful and chaotic, but I learned a lot from my experience.Let’s face it, college graduates are not facing the easiest job market in history, but there are some ways to make it a bit easier on you. These are seven things that helped me land my dream job after college, and I bet they’ll help you too!
1. Do some soul search — Before you dive into countless Google searches and job profiles, take a minute to do some soul search. What do you want to do? What kind of environment would your thrive in? Figure out what are your deal breakers and what you can live without.
2. Set up a killer resume — Each resume you send out should be customized for the company you are applying to. It doesn’t hurt to have a template set up and ready to be edited. I had two different resume styles: a traditional resume and a more creative and modern resume. I just used my judgment on which resume would work best for each company. Throw in some of the same lingo and keywords that seem to pop out on the job descriptions.
3. Create a LinkedIn profile — LinkedIn might not be the most glamorous social media site, but it is exactly what you need when you are job hunting. You have countless professionals from all over the country right at your fingertips, and most are willing to connect! Take some time and set up a profile. Write intriguing descriptions and ask people for recommendations. You want to look as credible and professional as possible.
4. Set up a way to track your applications — It can get really confusing and hectic when you are desperately searching for a job. I applied for over 100 jobs. I cannot tell you how many times someone called me and I had NO idea what company was on the phone. I quickly set up an excel document to organize myself. It helped me keep track of where I applied and whom I had heard from.
5. Get internships — Notice I said internships, not an internship. The best thing I did for myself during college has diversified the internships I took. I started off in sports, then did non-profit, moved to events, and then landed in an agency. I was all over the place, but I learned what I liked and what I didn’t like. I came into college 100% dead-set on working in sports but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. If you can seem to find an internship in an industry you are curious about, ask to job shadow for a day or two. Professionals are more than willing to help out and give you a glimpse of their daily lives.
6. Find a mentor — Get into contact with a mentor. Don’t have one? Find one. Mentors are the best resource you can have as a college student. My mentor was fresh out of college and working in an agency. She talked me through resumes, tax, negotiating salaries and even finding an apartment. She rocks, but you can’t have her. She’s mine.
7. Broaden your search — When I first started the search for jobs, I kept searching for “PR agencies” or “PR jobs”. Eventually, I was finding the same companies and the same postings over and over again. One day I decided just to search “agencies” and stumbled across a whole new world — web development agencies. They weren’t exactly a PR agency, but they had marketing positions and the same environment I was looking for. Don’t limit yourself. Broaden your search either by location or even by the type of job you seek. You never know what you could find!!
Luckily for me, I found a job within DAYS of graduation — talk about cutting it close. But, I learned something. For me, it wasn’t just about finding a job that could pay the bills and give me experience. It was more about finding a place where I could learn and enjoy every day. These seven things have what helped me find my incredible job.