Four tips to kick start your job search

You’ve been doing all the right things to land yourself a job after graduation, like taking leadership roles within student organizations, internships and networking. So don’t wait until the last minute to start your job search. Take these tips from a young professional who secured her ideal job after graduation.

Start your search now

Not only is the job search a time consuming process, but so is interviewing. Start now by making a list of companies you want to work for and positions you want to apply for. See what’s available on employment websites (i.e., Monster and Indeed), company websites and LinkedIn Jobs. Tap into your network by asking professors and coworkers, and attending career fairs.

Perfect your resume and cover letter

Each and every position is different. Therefore, you should tweak each and every resume and cover letter to reflect the position’s description. Then save them in PDF format, as “FULL NAME_JOB_EMPLOYER NAME” to help you keep each version separate.

Apply, even if you’re doubtful

When you applied to colleges, you probably identified dream, match, and safety schools. Do the same for positions. Whether it calls for four years’ experience or it hardly thrills you, just apply. Only employers know what makes a candidate ideal. Plus, job descriptions are generally an outline of your duties, not a definitive list. Be sure to track when you apply, follow up, and interview.

Stand Out

Your experience will speak for itself. Stand out from other applicants by delivering your resume and cover letter to the office, and following up with a hand written note after an interview. Remember to dress appropriately, have copies of your resume available, and be well-practiced for your interview.

Job searching is not just another task added to your “to-dos” before graduation. Besides graduating, it may be the most important. Find the time to make it a priority and it will be worth it when you score interview after interview and several offers.

Elaina Mancuso made her marketing communications debut during her internship at McDougall Communications. She is a May 2015 graduate of The College at Brockport, and now supports marketing and sales at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Connect with her on LinkedIn and on Twitter.


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