Sailing after graduations in the vast ocean of possibilities is an extremely interesting time for all alumni. Finally, they can apply their knowledge in specific studying fields and represent their soft and hard skills. Still, not everyone is so confident in their position on finding their first job. Considering this vital step, every graduated person should know basic tips for college students to make the job searching process effortless.
- Compile your CV.
Curriculum vitae is one of the most crucial things when we speak about job search. You don’t need to maintain perfect writing skills to write a structured CV. If you were a great writer during your college years and didn’t ask for homework help, this step will not be challenging for you. Write shortly about your education, working experience, duties, responsibilities, and salary expectations. The most crucial thing in a CV is correctly mentioned connection channels (email, phone number, social media). With their help, an HR manager can easily contact you and invite you for an interview.
- Impress with cover letter.
A cover letter is a prominent opportunity to tell more about your skills and passions than in a CV. While a CV is a brief information about your activities concerning the further profession, a cover letter can be a special element of showing who you really are. Here you can represent your personal qualities, mention your goals, and share achievements in various activities such as sports and art.
- Tell about yourself on special platforms.
Such tools as Indeed or Glassdoor are top-rated among students and other people who want to go further in their careers. Don’t hide with your resume and cover letter, but place it on your profile page and let employers find you easily. Also, you can benefit from such popular social media as LinkedIn and build a strong community. It helps a lot, especially if you haven’t got working experience yet.
- Don’t miss an interview.
Try to accept all interview invitations even if you don’t like the company from their online description. First of all, every interview will train you to speak convincingly and develop your communicative skills. Remember that every meeting with HR managers and your future boss is stressful, so when you get a proposal to talk with a dream company CEO, you have enough experience in building a solid dialogue.
- Take a chance at internship or volunteering.
Due to the high competition for well-paid positions, there is less chance that students will be chosen. Indeed, it depends on the company’s policy and approach. For instance, if a startup looks for young teammates no matter what you held behind your shoulders, you’d rather be hired for a minimum reward amount. Consequently, look for internship opportunities related to your profession or apply for volunteering in an interesting field to showcase your skills palette.
- Stay confident, stay unique.
Don’t give up if something goes not as it has been planned. Sooner or later, your requests on salary and job conditions will match, and you’ll be happy that everything has happened as it should. Mostly, students underestimate their college achievements and behave in an interview as they are worth nothing. Leave the impostor syndrome behind the doors and concentrate on your values. You can mention what differentiates you from others in college and what you’ve reached during these studying years.
- Finally, be open to new opportunities!
If you have your own startup idea, find a strong community of like-minded people. Even the first job in a call center, supermarket, or cafe can bring you a priceless connection with the same young and creative personalities as you. Even if it doesn’t relate to your degree or doesn’t meet your salary expectations, remember it is temporary and needed for you to make new friends and a better understanding of where you want to move forward.