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Tips for the Graduate June 29, 2006

Posted by Amanda in The Job Maze.

My friend Deirdre over at Peon 4 Life wrote a great post about what college graduates should expect when they’re trying to get their first job. I have several friends who’ve struggled with these realizations.

So, Mike and David there are a few here just for you!

–Obtain an internship–Either during your college years or right after graduation. Usually this will land you a job. It happened to most of my friends. If they didn’t get a job from the company they interned for, they got a good recommendation and a job somewhere else because of the experience they gained. This is crucial, this will show you have more than the average graduate that just went through college hoping to get a job after the party years are over.

–When you have your interview, send them a thank you note afterwords.– I don’t think a lot of people do this in general. This will help them remember you and notice you care about this position. Maybe even send them a little box of candy. A little bribe never hurt. It shows you have the cajones to go after what you want.

–Practice your interview–Practice what you are going to say. You don’t want to just sit there and appear uninterested or dumbfounded. Ask questions, talk conversationally, and talk about the business/field itself. Know about the place you are interviewing. Just practice on the way to the interview. Appear relaxed on the outside even if you are nervous on the inside. Never let them see you sweat.

–Don’t get discouraged–You will go on tons of interviews and probably won’t hear back from most of them. If you go on 20, you’ll be lucky to hear back from at least 5. And be lucky if they call you back for a 2nd interview. It’s a rough business and you aren’t the only one looking for their first career.

There are a few things that I would add to this post.

– Get a Head Start – Don’t wait till the end of the semester to start working on finding a job. The old adage, Early Bird Gets the worm applies here!

– Print your resume on good paper – No cheap stuff here. Although some may think it makes little difference what type of paper your resume is on, first impressions really count. If your resume is printed on cheap off-white paper, they may think you are desperate or just don’t care. A nice crisp resume with a simple elegant design will seperate your resume from the rest of your class.

– Pay attention to the details. The resume idea kinda falls under this one. The little things, like clipping your fingernails and polishing your shoes, may seem insignificant, but they add up to make a big impact on your overall impression.

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