You just wrapped up the most academically-challenging four years of your life and have the degree to show for it. Now what?
After one of the most grueling economic pits this country has seen, college graduates are scared of what the real world has in store for them (or more like lack thereof). While surfing social media sites may sound like a more preferable way to pass the time, we’re giving you five tips to jumpstart your career and make more paper with just one diploma.
Just because your major is political science or public relations, a lot of today’s graduates are finding that many of the skills they learned can be transferred over to other occupations. List the qualities you seek in your ideal job and match it to your undergrad resume. Scour the web for positions that utilize both descriptions and begin the application process there.
Just because you found your dream job at Def Jam Records or Ogilvy firm, understand that success is a ladder that often begins at the very bottom. Branch out and submit your résumés to other places as well. Rekindle relationships with employers from past internships and see if there are any job openings available. Although it may not be at the company you desire, take on an entry-level position at a place that could use your talents. You never know where that first step may lead you.
Attend events associated with your field and interests. Many times there are week-long events hosted by companies celebrating Internet Week or Social Media Week filled with employees from various places. The more people you come in contact with, the better chance you have of casting your net wide and securing the job you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Once you land an entry-level position, treat the job as if you were a hungry intern. Never be satisfied at what you do and continue to tackle on different projects to not only keep your job interesting but to diversify your role. Not only is a great resume filler, it’s also a great experience-builder. Just because you’re done with school, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning.
Like any diet or budget plan, track your progress. If you feel like you’ve been stuck in the same position with no room to advance, it may be time to consider other options. Understand that the standard time at a job could be about one to two years before there can be any talk of a promotion, so be patient aggressively. Record your achievements, volunteer to do anything and everything, and keep your sights higher because you never know when your qualifications may be fit for a bigger opportunity.