When you make it to your last semester of college, several thoughts circulate in your mind. You want to go to as many parties as you can. You want to see as much of your old college buds before you all separate. Then, you realize that your lifestyle is going to change and you need to find a job. This can be a tricky time, especially if you aren’t sure about what you are going to do after you graduate. Don’t fret, though. With some tips and some planning, you’ll be well on your way to making some successful decisions about your post college life.
These can be a virtual gold mine. Career fairs are awesome places to scope out possible employment. There are some things you can do to get the most out of them. First, make sure you arrive as close to the start of the career fair as you can. This way you’ll be getting first dibs on speaking with potential employers. Plus, the fact that you are bright and early will give you a change to have a better conversation with them, which will cause them to remember you when they check out your resume. Speaking of resumes, make sure you bring a stack. No less than ten copies. You can bring some cover letters if you want, but those aren’t as necessary. Why do you need so many, you ask? Because while at an info fair, you want to utilize all your options. For example, if you are a sociology major you may look for jobs that directly relate to your field. But then you may see a position that isn’t directly related to your field, but fits your unique skill set. Leave your resume with them anyway. This is one of the best chances to reach out to employers with a minimum amount of hassle, so milk the opportunity for all its worth.
Most colleges/universities have an office that assists with career skills. Utilize their resources. They are the ones that usually plan the career fairs anyway. Let them look your resume over and steer you in the right direction when it comes to finding the right job.
Go For What You Know
When looking for employment after you graduate, assess your skills. What are some of the things that you done over the past few years? Has your extracurricual experience in leading the Chess Club given you public relations experience? Have you been in leadership a lot over the past few years? These things matter, because when you look at the skill set that you have, you may realize that you are qualified to apply for different types of jobs. This gives you more areas to into. Believe it or not, a lot of employers like to hire people fresh out of college when they are unshaped by the workworld. Use that to your advantage.
Look Around You
As the saying goes, it’s not what you know but who you know. In a decent amount of cases, that is true. Ask around to see if your friends’ places of business are hiring. They may be able to get you in the door by way of a recommendation.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to finding a job for after college. If you don’t meet with success right away, keep plugging away. It’ll only be a matter of time before you are employed!