Congratulations! You’ve made it through the marathon study sessions, massive projects and nerve-racking exams to finally earn that coveted degree. Here’s the bad news: Your work has only just begun.
Ideally, you’ve developed a network within your study program, interned and/or put your academic work to use on the job. Even if you haven’t, you can still get a job right out of graduation, it just requires a bit more work – and maybe a little more luck. Consider the following tips on how to get a job soon after you’ve stashed the cap and gown in your closet.
Make the most of any internships
Many people start their careers from something as basic as a one-semester internship. If you did have an internship, don’t take it for granted. It’s possible the company you interned with is currently looking to hire, or someone you met through an internship could be with a new company and is looking to hire.
Also, display any internships prominently on your resume and in your cover letter. These are valuable work experiences that have played a part in your professional growth. Be prepared to talk about any skills you gained or valuable experiences you had in the course of your internship(s).
Contact former classmates and other alumni
To find out more about your industry or a certain business, reach out to contacts in your academic network. Most colleges have an online alumni database with contact information, which grads can access. Also, some schools have set up post-grad programs with volunteer alumni, who can give advice to new grads.
Getting contact information for alumni is easier than ever, so you have to be smart about how you contact alumni. Don’t go to someone asking for job. Instead, meet alumni for coffee or call them on the phone to find out about what they do and what their industry is like right now. If the interaction goes well, the person may be happy to get you a foot in the door with a potential employer.
Refine and customize your resume regularly
Technology changes, industries change, companies change, and people change. All this means your resume should also change with the times.
Working regularly with your resume and cover letter can give you a lot of career insight as well. The more you work on these documents, the better you’ll be able to describe your work experience, express your value and understand where you want your career to go.
It’s also important to customize your resume and cover letter each time you apply to a job. Your application documents should include both key phrases for your industry and phrases that reflect what the employer said in its job posting. Customizing your resume will allow you to stand out from other applicants who do not customize.
Call the recruiters at NSC Technologies
At NSC Technologies, we have years of experience in helping out recent grads. If you’ve just received your diploma, please contact us today to find out about job opportunities in your field.