Graduating is a significant rite of passage and a celebration for all the hard work you've done during your college career. During this transition, you might set your sights on applying to graduate school or finding a full-time job. Here are 4 tips to help you on your ongoing career path.
1. Tailor your resume and cover letter for each job application.Giphy
The job search can be overwhelming, with the multi-tasking requirement of balancing interviews, applications, and follow-ups. Rather than submitting your resume to hundreds of companies, treat each application idiosyncratically. Analyze the skills that are listed in the job posting, and correspondingly tailor your resume. You are more likely to hear back from an employer by catering your resume to the ideal candidate that is professionally desired.
2. Always have questions prepared after completing an interview.Giphy
After you've answered all the interview questions, recruiters will typically ask you if you have any questions. This is a stepping stone for illustrating your interest in the job and exemplifying your knowledge of the role and the overall company. Prior to your interview, remember to do your research and come prepared with a set of questions you can ask.
3. Be honest.Giphy
Recruiters and employers interview several people a day, with varying professional experiences and socioeconomic backgrounds. Needless to say, they can detect the difference between someone who just wants paid work and someone who is eager to apply their skills to a job. It's important to apply to jobs that you are actually interested in and roles that you can visualize yourself performing in. With this methodology utilized, the easier the job interview will be and you will feel more connected with the employer.
4. Remain optimistic.Giphy
Rejection is constantly present when searching for a job and it's easy to lose motivation as a result. Remember to take frequent breaks and relax. Don't compare your career journey to others, even though it may seem everyone around you is getting hired. Read biographies of people who inspire you and seek advice from mentors and relatives.