After earning a college degree and graduating, most people feel like they are ready to take over the world. More often than not though, fresh graduates are very idealistic and optimistic. This is not really a bad quality but you should be realistic and know that this is going to be one of the hardest parts after graduation: finding the right job.
Sure, you have a degree and a diploma and you have all the bragging rights to be proud because of this. But remember, it’s not only you. There are millions of other fresh graduate just like you and there are billions of graduates from previous batches waiting in line for a job.
Below is a list of job hunting tips which can definitely help you in your quest for a new job.
Never too Early to Start
You do not have to wait to find a new job only when you have graduated. You can start looking for career opportunities months before you graduate. You can start by using your school Career Services. They can help you find the right job for free. You are at the bottom of the food chain because most companies prefer applicants with experience, but do not let this keep you from getting that job. Job hunting is a long and tiring process and you can avoid all the stress by starting early on job applications.
Comprehensive and Professional Resume
Think of all the part time jobs you had during breaks or while studying. Each experience must be included in your resume. Enlisting your previous work experiences (even if you were not paid) gives your employer an opportunity to see if you are good in interacting with other people such as customers and workmates.
Expand your Search and Broaden your Horizons
Do not settle for something that is company and job specific. You should be flexible enough to consider whatever job offered to you as long as it’s still in relation to your degree. You have to be open-minded during job applications. Sometimes the company that you are meaning to get into may not have a job opening for you. Do not go home and sulk. Find similar companies or jobs that are still part of your expertise.
Practice for the Interview
As cliché as it may sound, practice really does make perfect, or at least near prefect. Practice for an interview a few days before you’re scheduled. Make a list of possible questions (you can browse the web for ideas) and practice answering these questions. You can practice in front of the mirror or you can practice with your families and friends. This increases you confidence for the day of your interview and will most likely send a positive message to your interviewer.
Look Professional and be Confident
Nothing turns off an employer more than an applicant who does not look ready and fit for the job opening they have. Do not go to an interview looking like a college student with hip clothes. You have to look the part and be professional. The best attire for most interviews is the smart formal look because this makes you look serious but still approachable. Do check though if a dress code is required by specific companies.