Over the years we’ve all received buckets of advice and sometimes it’s tough to differentiate the good from the bad. As a recent college grad myself, finding a job in less than one month was no walk in the park. But keeping these 5 important tips in mind, the oh-so dreaded process turned out to be a truly great learning experience.
- Always say yes.
Everyone knows someone who knows someone else and you never know who holds the ticket to your future. Whether you find yourself on a beach with some friends or at a networking event in the city, if you hear the words, “You know, my friend might be able to set you up with a person willing to help you…” even if the offer is coming from a place somewhat removed from your specific job interests, it never hurts to step out of your comfort zone and embrace something new. Besides, you should feel so lucky that this person will take time out of their busy day to speak with YOU! As a recent grad, when offered advice, never say no – always say yes.
- Do not be afraid to fully utilize your professional network.
Throughout my job search, I found informational interviews to be just as (if not more) valuable than actual job interviews. If there’s a company you’re dying to work for – a great way to get your foot in the door is by contacting someone in Human Resources and asking for an informational interview. It’s a low-pressure way of getting face to face with someone who could end up as a future employer. Dress the part, come prepared, and ask questions! This is your opportunity to LEARN from a professional about the career path you’re looking into. The best part is – you’re on their radar when that job does become available, and you never know how soon that might be.
- Send thanks.
This can’t be stressed enough. “Thank you’s” are so incredibly important. Sending a personal note thanking someone for their time will set you apart from those who didn’t go the extra mile. It’s such an easy way to express to someone that you’re appreciative, attentive, and enthusiastic.
- Don’t get too high, don’t get too low.
This is my favorite, something I was reminded of over and over again throughout my job search. Let’s say the stars align and you score an interview for the perfect job at the company of your dreams. Don’t get too high. Stay focused and stay grounded. You might seem like the perfect candidate but you never know who you’re up against. If things don’t turn out the way you thought they would (which most of the time, they won’t) it’s important to maintain a positive attitude, be thankful for the experience, and don’t get too low. Take the criticism in a constructive form, and move forward.
- Be yourself.