6 Ways To Get The Job of Your Dreams!
Visit Your School’s Career Center
If you don’t have a dedicated career center, you can always visit the academic department of your institute- these are people with tons of experience in the academic field and will know just how to tweak your resume and polish your credentials in ways that display the best side of you to any potential employer! The Academic department/ Career Center also offers real-life advice on how to go about finding a job and can also connect you with their extensive alumni networks that you can get in touch with for all your career needs.
Let’s be honest, how many times have you heard the word ‘networking’ over the course of your college life? It’s everywhere and now there are special events being held just to ‘network’. So how important is networking? Well, according to a recent study conducted by Lou Adler, best-selling author of the recent book: “The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired”- 85% of all jobs are filled in via networking. Networking is so important that you should have started networking yesterday. It can seem daunting to network when you’re new to the country or not very social but with the help of your academic department or even a quick Google search on ‘meetup groups,’ you can connect with people who are already doing what you want to do. Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, it helps more than you think.
Make yourself the key
Just like the great DJ Khaled has repeatedly said over the course of his snapchat career, “major key” is something you need to become. In other words, be indispensable, become that guy/girl who goes one step further in ensuring that your employers get the extra work-load taken off their hands. In simpler terms, be a worker bee and don’t be afraid to take initiative. However, one thing to be careful of is not becoming the employee who is termed the boss’s pet. Apart from that, just be a nice person, contrary to popular opinion nice guys (or girls) don’t finish last. Being pleasant and easy to work with is always a valuable asset. If you’re just starting out, just being polite might matter as much as the other talents you bring to the table.
Know your stuff
Being a fresh graduate and getting a job is getting harder than ever due to our economic environment, employers not only see the name of the university you have graduated from but also what concrete skills you as an applicant have. So if you’re a marketing major, it’s knowing how to write good content for marketing or knowing the ins and outs of designing software. If you’re a finance major it’s about being a strong statistician. To get an edge over competing applicants you can always do free courses offered by top-tier universities like MIT, Wharton, Stanford, online; just Google “Coursera” (seriously, do it.) and you can gain a certificate in whatever field you like to add to your resume.
Learn the Soft Skills
So let’s say you’ve got the best resume you could ever have (for now), done your hard-work and picked up a couple of internships while still at university but what next? A walk in the park and whatever job you want is yours right? Not really…companies nowadays look for more than where you did your internships, they want to know more about you, were you the quiet one? The funny one? It is all about culture, and if you don’t fit the culture of the workplace, you most probably will not get hired. So be sure to develop your soft skills, meaning, your conversation skills, leadership skills, time management abilities, self-confidence the list goes on and on. Be sure to show your potential employees this at the interview or even on your resume if you can.
The big day AKA your Interview
Getting interviewed is always a big deal for any fresh graduate, lot’s of expectations, lot’s of nervousness but it doesn’t have to be that way- make any interview easy by practicing. That’s right, practice all you can, in front of a mirror, with a friend. Do your research about the company and you may just find information about the types of questions they usually ask at their interviews.