Graduating College? 4 Priceless Tips For Transitioning To Your Career
Posted By: Emma Sturgis on May 08, 2017 |
A lot of college students believe that they have plenty of time before graduation to prepare for the challenge of finding a job that both pays the bills and fulfills their career dreams. In reality, your senior year of college will fly by quickly. Instead of waiting until the last minute to start your career transition, follow these four school-to-career tips.
Ask For Mentor Referrals
Before you attempt to search for an open position in your preferred field, ask college mentors who know you best for referrals, such as teachers and counselors. It's important to ask mentors who you trust will provide detailed positive written letters of reference as well as phone-based referrals.
Become A Volunteer Or Intern
Becoming a volunteer or intern at the company or organization of your choice shows a potential employer that you are eager to start and showcases your knowledge, skills and work ethic. These often unpaid positions also provide you with on-the-job training and work culture experience that make you a more appealing future candidate. Lastly, you can use these opportunities to network so that you have inside contacts after graduation.
Leverage Social Media Platforms
If you're not engaging potential employers on social media by your senior year, you're ignoring a valuable resource. Make no mistake: Many other graduates, your competition, are leveraging social media to provide them with an advantage. They use it to promote themselves by sharing their industry-related knowledge and ideas and linking back to work history and portfolio sites. They also use it to generate a following of people who consider them experts to show potential employers that they bring with them to any position a pre-established lead list of people from a specific target market.
Use a Career Coach
Graduates seeking career fulfillment and the best benefits use career coaches, like Ace-Up, to help them set goals, recognize education gaps, network better and make themselves more attractive. A career coach can point out weak spots in your resume; offer training to improve interview and leadership skills, deal with and overcome disappointment and rejection, manage stress and build self-confidence; and even supply job opportunity contacts.
Although the tasks outlined in these tips can eat into an hour or two of your schedule daily, the time and effort you put in are well worth it in the long run. Start today by speaking with your mentors and then follow each additional tip to achieve the career transition success you desire.
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