So you’re back from spring break and getting ready for graduation, now what?
Here are 6 tips to get you ahead of the game
1) Write a powerful resume and cover letter
First things first, your resume has to be absolutely dazzling – remember that it’s a marketing tool. A resume is crucial for everyone, but especially the new grad. Most of you won’t have as much experience as someone who has been in the workforce for 10 years, so you will have to ensure that your resume gets an employer’s attention.
Whatever you do, don’t use a resume template because you and 100,000 other new grads will have the exact same template. Ensure that the following questions are answered:
- What can you do for the employers?
- How will you benefit their company?
- How will you be able to impact their bottom line?
- What makes you stand out from the competition?
2) Don’t overlook you existing experience
- Volunteer work
- Research projects and papers
- Summer jobs
- Extracurricular or leadership positions
- Campus jobs and activity positions
3) Look beyond the job boards
4) Prepare, prepare, prepare
5) Clean up your Facebook page, voice mail and email address
What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas. Hiring managers, recruiters and just about anyone can find you online these days. Make sure that you’ve cleaned up pictures you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.
Your voicemail greeting should not have “I’ll hit you up” anywhere in it. Make sure it’s professional and state your name so that anyone who calls you knows they’ve dialed the right number.
Finally, create an email address that is either designated for your job search activities or at the very least, make sure that it is professional. You want to stay away from addresses like hot_chick85@…
6) Follow up
Make sure you send a thank you note or email to everyone you’ve met. First of all, they will be impressed with your professionalism, as many people forget this step. Secondly, you will keep your name circulating.