Tips for New Grads

28 Jun Tips for New Grads

The final projects are handed in, that thesis has been defended, and you’ve just marched across a stage in a black gown …

That’s right. College and university are OUT for the summer. For some, that means their time as a starving student is quickly turning into time as a starving adult – and lets face it, that’s not nearly as catchy.

Here are seven things to remember as you transition from starving student to whatever comes next.

  1. Every job interview is an experience.  If it doesn’t go well, don’t kick yourself while you’re down. Take a look at the interview from an outside perspective. Did you overdo it? Did the job description match what they were asking for at the interview? If your interviewers asked questions you weren’t prepared for, make sure you’re prepared for them next time.
  2. Know what job you DON’T want. It can be tempting to apply to every job on the market as soon as your 4.0 is posted. Read descriptions carefully to ensure that you’re a fit for the job – and that the job is a fit for you. If you’re not looking forward to the 9-to-5 life, make sure you take that into account when you’re job hunting.
  3. Network. How many friends do you have on Facebook? Likely at least a third of those friends have heard of a position opening up at their office/factory/lab. Sometimes positions get filled before they ever get posted to the public. Unfortunately, the “it’s who you know” line actually holds some truth.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to othersThe fastest way to bring your job search to a screeching halt is to panic every time a fellow grad gets hired. You’re not them, and they are not you. Congratulate your old pals on their successes. If they’re in the industry you want to be in, ask for advice. How did they make it happen? What did they ask at the interview?
  5. Check your Google-abilityIf you think interviewers aren’t searching for you on Facebook or Twitter before you show up, you’re mistaken. Make sure your online presence is clean and job-ready. If your hopeful career path pertains to the internet in some way, make sure that can be found. If you’re web-savvy, do some SEO work on your personal portfolio site to make sure it comes up high in the search results.
  6. Job hunting is a full time job.  It’s not easy to find a job, especially at this time of the year. In addition to your graduating class, every other university and college in the area is sending a wave of starving students out into the job market. It takes time to search openings, read descriptions, write individualized cover letters and walk through lengthy online applications.
  7. If you’re not up to the task, think outside the box! Maybe just thinking about tips one through six have you stressed out. That’s okay! Check with local job agencies and connect with recruiters to make the process simpler. The Job Shoppe can do the search and find for you, for a wide range of careers. Take a look!
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