In these tough economic times, jobs after college are going to be fierce. Show you’re above the rest by paying attention to these tips and tricks. Whatever you want to do, fight for it, starting now.
1. Use your resources such as the internet, close professors, and student services.
Leave no searchable rock unturned in terms of opportunity. You’ll never get a decent job if you don’t get out there and promote yourself. The best way to do this is to inquire everywhere as to who’s hiring and network, network, network. Show student services how hard you work and the brains you have and you might even be recommended for a job at the college.
2. Dress accordingly but make sure you have one accent piece they can remember you by, something classy with a pop.
This can be anything from a tie, cufflinks, jewelry, or eye shadow. Something understated but totally unique. Make up a story about it if they ask and be prepared to be remembered by your signature piece. When you go in for an interview, be polite and think about all the questions before you answer them, so you don’t get ramble mouth.
3. Do not get beaten down, for every five interviews you go on maybe one will respond.
This is true of all jobs except for fast food because they’re always hiring. If people don’t start calling your phone right away take some deep breaths and schedule at least three more appointments. Too many choices mean you have a choice, which is better than flipping burgers.
4. Do freelance work first if you can before you’re out of school or get an internship so you can further understand your future career.
Freelancing gives your resume a helpful boost and lends itself to helpful connections when you graduate. Take advantage of the opportunities and get ahead early in the game like the sophomore or junior year that way you won’t have the stress when you graduate.
5. Make money your last concern, just out of college you won’t make much.
Don’t stress about the salary figure when you’re first starting out. If it seems average or below what you want to be paid, think about benefits or room for promotions that could make it worth your while and go from there.
Work hard, overrated but true.