Are you looking forward to finding a job after graduation, but worried that it will be a difficult task? It doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that you have a career after graduation.
Maintain a positive outlook.
Even if you are academically qualified for the role, it is important to note that intangible attributes such as attitude are important, too. It’s unrealistic to expect work to appear out of nowhere. You have to keep yourself motivated in order to locate one. When you receive leads, make sure to exude optimism and enthusiasm for the job and what you have to give. If someone provided you with the lead, thank them for it and stay in contact with them to keep them up to date with what has happened when you follow through.
Make new contacts.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” In today’s job market, this has never been more true. As a result, it’s important to cultivate relationships. Make a lot of connections and use them to expand your network and contacts/relationships. Remember not to pretend to be someone you aren’t. Simply be yourself. After all, it’ll be the real you with whom they’ll be working. Show off the attributes you to the table while you’re at it. Ask appropriate questions, be polite, and demonstrate a willingness to assist them in return for proving that you are worth their time.
Write a powerful resume.
Would you want your apartment or home to look shabby and unwelcoming if you were to invite people over? Obviously not. Similarly, you want to make sure your resume makes a positive first impression. Keep in mind that you only have one opportunity to make a positive first impression. Limit yourself to one page. Employers don’t have time for lengthy resumes. Maintaining brevity demonstrates that you value their time. Be sure to emphasize successes and how they benefited the organizations for which you worked. For example, if you were the president of the class council, you might mention that you helped raise a school record-breaking amount of money for charity or that you organized one of the most famous school dances in years.
In an interview, first impressions are critical. A potential employer has no idea that you are a decent person and a hard worker deep down inside. S/he will shape an opinion about you based on their first impression. Make sure your hair is correctly styled. Being overdressed is preferable to being underdressed. When interviewing, remember to maintain eye contact. Carry at least one copy of your resume with you, even though you have already submitted it to them.
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