So You're a College Graduate...
Well it’s official: I graduated from college. I even have the Gonzaga University Alumni sweatshirt to prove it. It’s a little surreal to think that I finally finished my undergraduate education, something I had been looking forward to for most of my academic career.
But now the real work starts. It’s time to join the professional workforce and get a “real job.” At least that’s what everyone is telling me I have to do. Job hunting has definitely been a difficult process and one that is slightly disheartening at times, but it is a necessity and one that most people can’t all together avoid.
During the past several months that I’ve been on this job hunting journey I’ve gathered a couple of tips along the way, and I thought I’d share them with my fellow unemployed college graduates.
- Don’t limit yourself to Monster.com.
Don’t stick to the career search engines to find your dream job listing. Often times, great jobs aren’t even posted. Rather, they are shared via word of mouth or through some other not-very-public means.
- Face to face is always best.
By putting a face to a resume, you are setting yourself apart from the several people who might be your twin (or octuplet) on that 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper.
- Attend networking events.
Similar to not limiting yourself to career search engines, networking events can allow to hear about job openings that might otherwise never be posted elsewhere. Plus, by building up a list of job contacts (and impressing them with your wit and charm), you set yourself up to be contacted when a future job might be available.
- Don’t let yourself get discouraged.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t totally succeeded with this one during the entirety of my job hunt. However, I have found that when I am positive, upbeat, and stress-free my search for my next employer goes more smoothly and is much more enjoyable. Not rocket science, but it’s true.
Don’t worry friends, a job will happen in its own time. Just relax, take the pressure off, and keep plugging along.