One of the biggest worries surrounding new graduates is how long they will be on the job hunt and when they will land their first job out of college. While it may seem rather daunting to comb through applications and job descriptions to find that many require applicants to already have job experience, there are still jobs out there that new graduates can look into. There are also other ways to make your resume stand out and look appealing to hiring managers, even if you really don’t have too much work experience.
There is nothing wrong with working an internship before you embark on your job hunt to gain experience. As the matter of fact, an internship can help you in more ways than one. Working an internship gives you more insight and understanding into your industry and may provide you with the amount of experience you need to start at entry-level jobs, according to an article posted on Examiner.com. While some internships offered are paid and some are not, remember that even if the internship you apply for does not actually pay you, the information and experience that some internships teach you will be well worth it. If you can afford to take an unpaid internship and it’s going to help you to land a job, it’s certainly worth it.
Even if your actual work experience isn’t very impressive, you can focus on aspects of yourself that can be appealing to hiring managers. Pointing out your talents, abilities and knowledge you have in the field may be enough for someone to give you a shot. You can also point out and mention your work ethic, your attitude on the importance of hard work, and how hard you worked in college to maintain your grades and to earn your degree. If you have taken part in volunteer activities, internships, and other school commitments and organizations, you can explain how those interactions taught you certain things and talk about what you gained from those experiences and how they can help you with the job you are interviewing for.
Networking is a great way to meet new people and get your interests out there. Many people land their jobs through social networking because it serves as a way for people to meet, discuss interests, and learn more about common industries and job openings. With networking, you can let the new people you meet know that are you are a recent graduate and fill them in on what type of positions you are looking for. They may also think of you when they hear of openings and may even be in a position to recommend you for a job. Visiting local businesses and companies frequently to inquire about any openings is also a good way to get a head start while in your job search.
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