With the last two weeks of my college career starting today, I found it appropriate that a post should be written about my thoughts and feelings as an almost-college-grad. Though graduation is the final accomplishment in a college career and is ultimately the end goal, it is a day that I never thought would approach during the last 5 years and now that it’s here, I have mixed feelings about it as I’m sure many soon-to-be college grads do.
I have never been more excited for a stage in my life. These next few months will be exciting, yet challenging as I’m sure I will be rejected for countless jobs before I land one. Through researching and picking up tips in my upper level classes, I have found these tips, which I’m sure will help me and other future grads:
- NETWORK: Be brave and reach out. I think as young adults, we find we are being a burden or it is not our place to reach out to a perspective employer or contact, but it’s necessary and beneficial to reach out to any contacts you may have. You never know who knows who and how it may benefit you.
- STAY CONNECTED: Sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter give you opportunities to more easily make and form connections with people who may be able to help you find a job or give a perspective employer a recommendation for you.
- BUILD YOUR BRAND: In your social media sites as well as in the way you present yourself, it is important to build a brand. Keep your social media sites professional and post/tweet about things relevant to your interests and career path. I believe that it is just as important to let some of your personality shine through in your social media sites, resumes and cover letters, because perspective employers are going to have to work with you and you will be representing their company and brand. It is important that he or she can get a sense of your personality as well as your skill set.
HR Pro Tim Sackett provides excellent insights through his blog.
blogs and social media help! ^
Though I have been trained and taught what to do and what not to do, I am still walking into this blindly as most grads are. To alumni: What has been the hardest part of trying to land an entry-level position? Are there any other tips you would give to me or soon-to-be grads?