By J Hernandez
So you have finally reached the last year of college. Soon you will graduate. And if you’re like most you will be looking for job. And this is where you will face what is likely to be the greatest amount of competition you have ever come across in your life.
In today’s economic climate jobs are scarce. Employers are receiving dozens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of resume for every open position. And because so many have lost their jobs in competing not only against other graduating students but also against men and women who already have work experience.
So you need to understand that having a diploma, even one from a prestigious school, is unlikely to be enough to get you the job. Even in exceptional academic record may not be enough. So you may want to give yourself an advantage by doing what few other seniors will do. You may want to start taking steps now to make yourself a better candidate and improve your chances of getting the job you want.
The first step you need to take is to fill in any deficiencies you may have regarding the types of courses you have taken. If they are particular courses, specially advanced or a hands-on type courses, that may be seen as valuable to potential employers you may want to take them while you still have a chance.
Next, do something that will give you job related experience. This can involve skills-based courses, volunteer work, internships, work-study, or paying jobs if you can get them. But make sure that it is something that will help you develop skills and employer would find valuable.
Then make sure that you present a mature and professional image in any blog or social media presence you may have. Employers routinely check those when considering a candidate for the job. While you may think that they have nothing to do with your job search, that they are a private matter, and that you should be able to post anything you like, the reality is that employers will judge you on what you post. They will do this just the way we judge how you handle yourself if they hold your interview at a restaurant.
And you can actually use a website to your advantage by making posts or blog entries that reflect a unique level of skill, knowledge of the field or industry, and professionalism. This could really set you apart from your competition.
And finally, network. Network live faculty and administration. Network with classmates and alum. Network with people where you have released the volunteer or held a job. Network with family and friends. Even network with people at your bank and grocery store. You never know who may be able to refer you for a job.
So be proactive with the upcoming job search. It is something you will inevitably have to go through. So why hold off. Start your preparation early so that you can be ahead of your competition. Diligently follow these four steps now so that later you can be in a much better position to just go get that job!
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.
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