6 things you should do to get your first job after college

You’ve been involved in multiple college activities, you’ve got your degree and you are motivated to find a job in the field in which you are specialized, but you start to learn that the transition from school-life to work-life is difficult. You have to deal with the fact that no matter how qualified you are, your previous experience and your age recommend you for entry-level jobs only. And unfortunately, even those jobs are difficult to find these days. This list of six things to do to get your first job after college will support you in making the right decision and will prepare you for entering in this battle field for the right position.
Career experts recommend future employees to keep in mind some basic steps that open the door for a successful career. In this article, I would like to present six of them, which are in my opinion the most important ones.
1. Showcase your abilities
Unfortunately, at this moment you have no work experience to rely on; therefore you have to pay extra attention to highlighting your skills. You should insist on your college experience, demonstrating your skills and abilities by listing any leadership roles in college organizations.
2. Ask for support
Since you have no prior experience in writing resumes and cover letters, maybe the advice of career counselors, former internship advisors and people who are already working in domain should be sought. It is of great importance to be able to present yourself in a favorable manner, showing your advantages and value and insisting on the experience that you had gained during college.
3. Try gaining some experience
Nowadays, a degree is simply insufficient without some sort of experience. Employers want to reduce the cost associated with training as much as possible; therefore they prefer to hire experienced people. This is problematic for newly graduates, who have no chance but to direct themselves towards volunteer activities and internship, until they are able to show that they have something to offer.




4. Unpaid internship and volunteer activities
It’s true that these activities bring you no money and you don’t have the status of an employee. However, they introduce you into a new atmosphere, they offer you time to accommodate to a new medium and most importantly they teach something new and help you prove yourself to people who could recommend or hire you.
5. Continue learning
A good professional will continue learning throughout his career. With this in mind, arm yourself with books and magazines and keep yourself up to date on the latest news in your industry. Make yourself an attractive candidate showing that you have a lot to offer.
6. Be prepared for an interview
While waiting, make sure that you use your time efficiently. Make a list of possible questions that you may have to answer at interviews and try to find intelligent answers. As communication is the key to success, find some questions that you would want to ask the employers as well.
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