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What's the best way to effectively find a job after college?

So I can have the best chance to getting a good job after college and have peace of mind about my future. life-coach

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi, James

The 4 tips listed below may not work every time, but the important thing to remember is all you need to do is to grab the attention of only one employer which could lead you to your very first job.

- Develop a professional resume and cover letter that stands out from the rest.
You must do what it takes to create a resume that lands in the top 5 – 10%.

To do this you must make sure that your resume and/or cover letter doesn’t have any mistakes. One mistake can send your resume and cover letter to the wastebasket where it will not be given any consideration.

You must find ways to differentiate yourself from other candidates in order to prove to the employer that you are the perfect person for the job. It’s important to target your resume so that it reflects that you have the experience to do a good job. For new graduates who are not getting called for interviews, I always suggest that we take another look at the resume and cover letter.

- Engage in networking with family, friends, and acquaintances.

Be sure to engage in networking with family, friends, and acquaintances to uncover those unadvertised job listings and to get people you know to recommend you to employers who are currently looking for entry-level candidates. I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, and nothing could be closer to the truth than when looking for a new job.

- Do your research on industry trends and be sure to stay abreast of who is hiring.

Finding a job in a specific field or industry can often be cyclical, so it’s important to keep a pulse on what companies are currently hiring in your field.

Many trends often exist in certain career fields based on saturation in the current job market. For example, over the years I have seen shortages and an abundance of both teachers and nurses in the field. Once a field becomes saturated, it becomes very hard to get a job until the trend reverses and eventually there are too few people in that particular field.

If you are entering a job market that is currently hiring very few new people into the field, you may have to face this fact and do something else until the trend reverses. I have seen many new graduates who have had to take jobs that were not in their field, only to have the market change where they are now able to land that job in a few years if they still decide they want it.

- Maintain a proactive approach so that you don’t miss any new jobs that get posted.

I have seen many new graduates, who after only a few months, have totally let go of their job search. I am here to let you know that you that this is one of the most common mistakes that new graduates make and that it can cost you that new job if you don’t maintain your diligence by searching regularly for new listings that may pop up at any time.

Tips for a Successful Job Search

- Create a resume and cover letter that competes with the top 5 – 10 %.
- Network with everyone you know so you can find out about unadvertised opportunities and so others know you are looking and they can recommend you for current job listings.
- Keep abreast on the current job market so you can be one of the first people to apply once the job market opens.
- Maintain a proactive approach to the job search so that you don’t miss out on any new positions that open up.


Best of Luck!
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Jon’s Answer

Let me tell you something that very few people will tell you:

You are looking for a job because you've been conditioned to.

The quality of your questions determine the quality of your results, and, by extension, the quality of your life.

There's nothing wrong with a job, and that's how most students start their career, but I want to make sure you know why you want a job.

Are you looking to gain experience? Make money? Help people? Learn? Grow? Become successful?

People get jobs for millions of reasons. Few ever consciously stop to ask why they go to work. Most do it because that's how their parents and everyone else around them is doing.

My advice is this: Be very clear about why you want a job and what you want out of it.

Think about what you bring to the table that is of value to your employer. (Hint: that's what will convince your boss to pay you, and it usually revolves around solving a problem).

You should be good at what you do, or you'll find yourself without a job (no, "job security" does not exist, as we've seen in 2020, so a better question would be, "How do I build multiple income streams given what I'm capable of?")

In short:

+ If you want to be happy with your work, do something that intersects with your interests, personality and values.
+ Learn, grow, try things while getting paid on your employer's dime.
+ Continue for as long as you need, and start your own business if you have the temperament, resources and drive to succeed.
+ Focus on earning, saving and investing, and live under your means.
+ Most people aren't successful in life, so think differently and try not to follow what others are doing if you want the same results.
+ Read, read read. Ditch the smart phone and be glued to books instead.

Good luck!
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Pavel’s Answer

I would recommend consider couple of things that may be helpful. First of all it's very important to start getting some relevant work experience while you study at the college, this should help to be more preferred candidate among similar applicants. Secondly it's very important to find your dream company, learn about it as much as you can and try to join this company as part of the graduate program, nowadays many companies do this kind of programs. Thirdly I would recommend to better understand your own strengths (there are multiple tools for that, e.g. strength finder or MBTI) and focus in your job search process on the industries and companies where your strengths will be most relevant and help you to be most matching candidate to the job profile. Hope this is helpful.