Graduation Prep

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Written by: Jasmine Samson

As the countdown to graduation begins, the pressure is definitely on. What seems to be a time of celebration and happiness gets turned into stress and anxiety. We finally start to realize that one step away from school means one step closer to the dreaded “real world”. We’ve glorified this moment for 4 years but now that it’s here, reality is kicking in.

We’ve worked so hard for these four years and now the preparation is going to be put to the test. It’s time to land a job.

While it may seem overwhelming, remember you’re not alone. Remember that almost every other senior across the country is facing the same stress and worry that you are. While this means the competition is stiff, it also means it is now easier to focus on setting yourself apart from the rest. Like it or not, everyone applying for the same job that you are has a degree, a GPA, and a resume.

The question you need to ask yourself is “What can I do that makes me better than the person that I’m up against?”

Here are some tips that I would suggest to make sure you give yourself the best chance to succeed in your job search:

1. Polish your resume

The Career Service Center is a perfect place to start. Bring them a copy of what you already have for your resume and the specialists there will help you fine tune it and make sure that it meets professional standards. In addition, do some outside research online and learn about “buzz words” and incorporating job descriptions into your resumes.

2. Widen your job search options

For example, if you are searching for a job in the Public Relations field, be open to searching for jobs in related fields such as Marketing, Advertising, or Journalism. You never know, you may find a job that incorporates your interests even though it has a different job title.

3. Get internship/volunteer experience

Experience is key. Employers want employees that have already contributed to the work force and have experience handling the ins and outs of particular fields. Gaining any sort of experience allows you to set yourself apart because you are able to refer back to past work and prove that you have diversified skills and expertise. Experience also allows you to develop good stories that can be used to get interviewers to remember you better.

4. Network

We’ve all heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. It’s true. It’s extremely important to make beneficial use of your contacts. Make sure you make good first impressions so that the people that you come across and decide to add to your network have good things to say about you. Networks can be the be all and end all of job opportunities.

5. Don’t Get Discouraged

While the job search may get frustrating and you may feel that you’re not hearing back from employers so it’s all a waste of time, remember to have faith. Each “no” is one step closer to a “yes”, one step closer to finding the career of your dreams.

Good luck!

 

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