Graduating? 5 Things to Do
Category : Career Articles
‘Tis the season for caps and gowns, but then what? Are you prepared for the next phase of your life? Too often, newly graduated students find themselves done with school and overwhelmed by the prospect of starting their professional lives. Even if you don’t plan on an official job search right away, now is the time to start planting the seeds for future career success. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Keep In Touch With Mentors
If you did an internship, or worked closely with instructors, be sure to keep in touch with them. Send thank you notes, connect with them on LinkedIn, find opportunities to network. You want them to keep you in mind if a permanent position opens up, or if they hear of a position in a different company.
2. Secure Letters Of Recommendation
Hopefully, you have been cultivating good relationships with instructors and any supervisors you may have already had. Getting a quality, personalized letter of recommendation from them is a good way to bolster your resume.
3. Polish Your Social Media Presence
Like it or not, prospective employers do look at your social media profiles. Be sure to have a LinkedIn profile that has been optimized and looks good. Put together a Google Plus profile. If these are updated and active, they should show up on searches. Ideally, you want to make sure your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. do not put you in a bad light.
4. Practice Your Interview Skills
Don’t wait until you have an interview lined up to practice your skills. Do some research. What makes a successful interview? The job interview has changed drastically since your parents were looking for jobs. The format and types of questions asked have become much trickier. You may want to consider taking an online course, or even videotaping a mock interview to see how you present yourself.
5. Don’t Wait Until You Have To Have A Job To Start Looking For One
Sure, you may get lucky and land that dream job right off, but chances are that will not happen. It is a competitive market out there. Start looking well in advance, these things take time.