I Finally Got A Job Post Grad & This Is What I Learned

Your girl finally landed her first post grad job! I am so excited to finally get to say that! I wanted to write down a few tips of things I have learned throughout the process to help all of my recent grad followers!

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SPEND TIME ON PERFECTING YOUR RESUME.

This is so important especially if you don’t know anyone at the company. These recruiters literally just look at your paper and try to find the keywords they are looking for and then trash it if it’s a no. This means you have to wow them on paper, which is scary! This was the worst part for me because I had a lot of experience, but I felt like I could win them over if they just gave me an interview, but it doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. I would recommend asking friends or colleagues to look over your resume and get feedback from multiple people. If you are applying to jobs in the creative field, do not just upload a word document file! You should be designing your own resume or even just finding a template online, but make sure it has some sort of a design element. Even though I have skills in Photoshop, I made my resume in Canva! They have a wide variety of templates to choose from– best part about it was that it was free to use.

PERFECT YOUR LINKEDIN PAGE.

Employers are going to take a look at your LinkedIn and some applications straight up ask for the URL of your profile . Take some time to fill out and update your profile, and yes this includes getting a new headshot. Don’t use your sorority composite. I repeat, do not use your sorority composite. I don’t know why, but I think it’s weird after college. Get dressed up in a professional or at least conservative outfit and have your friend take a photo of you! If you’re not getting your photos professionally done, I wouldn’t recommend taking your photo inside on a plain wall because it may resemble a fake ID photo LOL. Instead, go outside and stand infront of foliage and make sure you’re face is well lit. Feel free to use portrait mode on your iPhone to give it a more professional feel. If you want to go ahead and hire a photographer, do it! Headshots are usually cheaper than a normal session and could be worth it. See examples here.

START APPLYING TO JOBS SECOND SEMESTER OF SENIOR YEAR.

This is a big mistake I made. I was mainly just being too lazy to apply to jobs, and told myself that I wanted a break after graduating.  I should have just applied to a bunch of jobs while I was still in school, because maybe I would have gotten one faster. My boyfriend was waiting to hear back from jobs out of state, so that was a big factor of why I didn’t apply to jobs at the time– since I didn’t know what city we would end up. But if you know, definitely start applying ASAP!

CHECK JOB POSTINGS EVERY WEEK.

Companies are always hiring which means there will always be different positions opening up. I would highly recommend to sign up for

Be checking Linkedin job postings often and if you have a specific company in mind, check their site because they may not always post the openings on these sites. I would recommend bookmarking the ones you see fit and then set a block of time once or twice a week to knock out applications. Another important resource is your school’s career center! Their job is to help you find a job.

REFERENCES ARE EVERYTHING.

My references are basically the reason that I got my job. I think the interviewers were impressed with me, but my (now) boss told me that my references said some really great things about me, so it reassured the company that my quality of work was consistent in the past. It is so important to keep in touch with past bosses so that you can ask them to be your reference in the future!

PRACTICE INTERVIEWING.

Look up common asked questions specific to your field. Familarize yourself with these questions and have friends or family mock interview you so that you can have the chance to say your answers out loud. I don’t recommend trying to memorize verbatim of what you’re going to say, but I found it helpful to type out my answers and just create bullet points of things I’d like to bring up in the interview. Also, don’t forget to come up with some questions to ask the interviewer!

 

 

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