Growing up we’re told “Get good grades in high school so you can go to a good college and get a spectacular job.”
If college gets you such a great job then why are so many post-grads jobless and drowning in student loan debt? It doesn’t.
So what does get you a really great job? Below is a list of things to do to get a really amazing job after graduation (or before).
Ninety-one percent of companies interviewed expect college students to have one to two internships are their resume.
Maybe you cannot afford to participate in an unpaid internship. That is no problem. There are other ways to gain experience. Look for projects that are going to give you identity capital (experience that will look good on your resume).
These can be projects from Craigslist or volunteer projects, or check out websites such as Elance.com.
Network. Network. Network.
I cannot emphasize this enough!! Networking is so important because typically you find a job through weak ties.
I cannot emphasize this enough!! Networking is so important because typically you find a job through weak ties, meaning someone you do not know very well knows someone who knows someone.
The more people you meet the more likely you are to find a job. Join MeetUp groups, LinkedIn and other professional networks. Join on campus groups with interests that match yours, and attend career days on campus.
If a company you would love to work for is coming to campus for an information session then make sure that you attend it and talk to the company representative afterword.
In today’s evolving digital world it is vital that you have a positive online presence. Make sure your Facebook and Twitter is cleaned up, meaning no drunken photos or vulgarities. Create a LinkedIn account and an online portfolio.
I suggest creating a profile on websites such as BrandYourself.com, which monitors your online presence for you as well as acts like a portfolio website.
Do you have any suggestions for post-grads looking for jobs? Please tell us in your comments below.