How to Land Your First Job After Graduation


Looking for your first job after graduating college is quite different than searching for a part time gig. It is actually one of the Most Common Issues Recent Graduates Face.

Although it may seem like the common sense thing to do is just apply online through different job listing websites, this method does not generally result in much. You don’t want to spend countless hours filling out forms and questionnaires when there is little chance you’ll ever have any contact with the company. Not only will you get frustrated wasting all of this time, but you will also get discouraged because nobody is calling you back. Try out some of the following methods to kick start your job search and land your first job.

1. Know What You Are Looking For

If you have no idea what you are looking for, it will be a bit difficult to land yourself a job. Research all the different positions you could get with your degree and start narrowing down your search. It is better to give a specific description of what you want to do rather than “I’m not exactly sure”.

2. Write A List Of All The Professionals You Know Personally That Work In Your Field

Think of relatives, professors, friends, acquaintances, bosses, neighbors, mentors, peers – literally anyone who you have ever met that works in your field. Once you’ve completed your list, start reaching out! Ask them if there are any openings at their company, if they have any friends in the field that they can spread the word to that you are looking for a job, or for any advice or contacts that they can give you. At the very least, try to get a reference from them if you can. Be overly appreciative to anyone who takes the time to help you with your search.

3. Tell Everyone You Know That You Are Looking For A Job

It doesn’t hurt to mention in everyday conversation that you are looking for a job, and more specifically what kind of job you are looking for. You’ll be shocked by how many people will mention someone they know that works in that field. Ask them if they could do you a huge favor and reach out to that person and mention your situation.

4. Seek Out Companies That You Are Interested In Working For And Contact Them

Create a list of companies that you would like to work for. Check the “About Us” or “Meet the Team” section of their site or search LinkedIn to see if you can find contact information. Preferably, look for the manager of the department you’d like to work in and get their information. Search the career pages and see if they have any openings in that department. Regardless of whether they do or do not, email the contact and explain that you are looking for a position and that you believe you’d be a great asset to their company. Mention that you’d greatly appreciate if they could take some time to chat with you. Again, be very appreciative! Even if they reply stating that there are no open positions, still see if you can set up a meeting to either shadow an employee or interview them about their job. This could lead to an internship or better yet a job in the future!

The key here is to network like crazy and not take no for an answer. Whenever you receive a “no”, think about how you can still make good with this connection. Remember how valuable simple advice and references can be. Good luck on your search!

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