First of all, you need a good resume that will make an employer call you in for an interview. Instead of writing an objective for your resume, write a summary of your top qualifications. An objective is usually too narrow and can lower your likeliness of getting the job. Typically people place their education toward the bottom of their resume, but as a recent college graduate, it’s better to put it toward the top. Why not show it off? You should be proud! Be sure to include the name of the college, its city and state, graduation date, extracurricular activities, courses related to your career choice, and your GPA if it is higher than a 3.0. Lastly, you need to pick out the most crucial aspects of your work experience. Most graduates have a lot of part-time jobs that are not essential to the job they are applying for. Don’t leave it out because employers like to see that you are a hard working, and committed individual. But, there is no need to elaborate on these jobs, instead go into detail about the jobs that pertain to the job in which you are applying.
A good place to start looking would be places in which the economic stimulus package benefited, such as health care, alternative and renewable energy, education, small businesses, and the government since these areas will be hiring. If you are a recent graduate and interested in a government position, visit www.studentjobs.gov.
If you land an interview then it’s essential to do your “homework” on the company. Research the entire company and show them you have done so by asking questions. An employer doesn’t want to hire an individual if they cannot take the initiation to research it. One essential in an interview is to be honest. Don’t try to put a spin on something that you are not. If the employer asks if you have a certain skill and you don’t, then be honest and tell them. Second important aspect of an interview is to be concise. A common problem when interviewees are nervous is that they start rambling aimlessly. It seems that when one is nervous, they often focus about what they are going to say instead of really listening to the question being asked. In your next interview, truly listen to what they are asking and stay on target with your response.
One job search strategy that can be very effective for recent college graduates is to sign up with local staffing agencies that serve client companies that are a good match for you, your skills and abilities, and the industry you want to work in. President Vicki Hubiak, of HR Solutions, Inc. of Evansville, Indiana, emphasized the importance of finding a job that will give you experience in your field. It is best to not get jobs that have no ties to your field after you graduate unless it is absolutely needed. She recommended to sign up with temporary staffing agencies because it is a good way to gain experience as an entry level candidate. Temporary assignments can often lead to a full time job offer if you prove yourself to be a stellar employee by going above and beyond, and showing exemplary work ethic. There is no cost to sign up with a staffing agency, and it is recommended to sign up with more than one as each staffing agency serves a different set of client companies.
Hubiak stated, “Once you graduate you must determine a focus to your career. Temporary staffing is an excellent way of getting your foot in the door and working your way up in the company of your dreams.”
For more information about Hubiak or HR Solutions, Inc. of Evansville, Indiana then please visit www.hrsolutions-inc.com
After following these tips you will be one step closer to having confidence in finding the job of your dreams. After all those years of saying, “I can’t wait to graduate”, you will find yourself saying, “I can’t wait to land a job”.