Getting a Job After College

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If you have watched the presidential debates this year, then you know that they have been pinpointing the fact that many students after college cannot get a job that applies to their major. As a current college student, this is disconcerting to me, especially because I have one of those majors that stereotypically does not get anywhere.

I am confident that, if I put enough work into it, I can make myself a valuable enough person that I will get hired at the job I want. Over the years, I have been hired at seven different places, including a prestigious internet marketing company, and I want to share with you some tools that I used to get to where I am.

Hopefully this will give you a jumping off point once you snag your diploma. After all, I am assuming that, once you get your English degree, you are not going to want to become a plumber, though there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to be a plumber.

Résumé Building

Before you meet with an employer directly, you must give them your résumé. Your résumé serves as the first contact, as the first impression, so it must be perfect. Many people put way too much information on their résumé, and that can result in an immediate decline for the job.

White Space

If you have any experience in graphic design, then you know that white space makes things look more appealing and professional. Make the text large enough to read (twelve point is standard) in a standard font (Times New Roman, Calibri, or Cambria). This will help you in your desire to at least have your résumé read by the employer.

Relevant Experience

It is standard to put your job experience in chronological order beginning with the most recent. However, you should follow that rule as a guideline while also including employments that provided you with skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Yes, this means that you must tailor each and every résumé to the place you apply to.

If you do not have much experience to put on a résumé, think about anything you have done relating to the job you are applying for. For instance, if the company is looking for editing experience, you can say that you edited college students’ papers (even if there were just your friends) for four years.

The Call Back

After you turn in your résumé, wait about a week and then call the employer to ask if they have been able to get to reading over it yet. This shows them that you are really dedicated to getting the job and care about the hiring process. If they say that they will get to it later, I would definitely suggest calling them back again until you get a definitive no.

Good Luck!

Times are hard, but, if you make yourself a valuable asset to a company, you can still get the job you want and you can avoid becoming a plumber.

By Kassandra Konecny

Bio:

This is a guest post.  Kassandra Konecny is a content writer and often writes for plumbers and electricians. She is currently taking classes at the University of Utah in order to brush up on her writing skills. Presently, she writes mostly for Shamrock Plumbing, an Ogden plumber.

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