Nothing truly prepares us for life after college. While it is possible to find the perfect job right after graduation, the conditions of the market are not always so welcoming.
Here are 4 common mistakes that make the job search process harder for college graduates.
Only searching outside of college walls
We get it… after all these years of late night studying, the first thing you want to do is get out of college and finally “enter the real world”. However, what many fresh graduates fail to realize is that their future job might be one convo at the career office away. The career office can assist you with job search, put you in contact with the right contacts and help you find a career in your field. Do not hesitate to approach them before graduation so you have time to truly benefit from their help.
Only searching through the internet
While the internet might be a good tool to search for jobs, it is not the only one. There are many useful tools at your disposal to find interesting job listings. The newspaper is one of them.
Networking events have the power to put you in contact with so many employers. Plus, being in a casual environment will help you relax and be more yourself, and as a result, help you make a better impression. When thousands of people are applying for the same position, one of the best ways to stand out is to show your personality. Call the alumni in your region, go to meetings and grow your network.
Career fairs are also a great way to meet interesting recruiters and learn more about their businesses. Put some energy into networking, get out there and seize opportunities.
Poorly using the tools available on the internet
There are so many job search websites with job listings that it can be hard to really know which techniques to apply. If there are one or two job sites that you find particularly useful, sign up for their email job alerts. This will help you stay in the loop.
Keep your documents organized by creating folders for each job application. This will help you avoid sending a resume saved under a certain company name, to 5 different institutions.
Also, use keywords as part of your search method: Type in the sector you wish the work in, the ideal location, you can try putting in your desired title (e.g., sales coordinator) but keep in mind that not all companies use the same title, skills and company name (if necessary). This will make the search so much easier for you and help you filter your results.
Many graduates look for the perfect job instead of focusing on experience. This, by no means means that you need to settle for the first job that comes along after college but it is important to realize that, some offers won’t be as glamourous as you would want them to be, but will help you acquire the experience you need to prepare you for your future job.
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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints