How to Get a Job after College

As if being an adult wasn’t hard enough, the last few months of your senior year can be hard to handle when you have final exams, project deadlines, a social life, and worry about getting a job after college. Good news: you’re not the only one.

Many people who finish college feel like they can’t get a job. In fact, 66 percent of them are not very optimistic that they’ll get a job that fits their career goals. Even though looking for a job after graduation can be stressful, learning how to prepare for the job market can help take some of the pressure off.

This guide will help you get ready for the future by teaching you how to find a job and avoid the mistakes that many recent graduates make.

Follow these Ten Tips to help secure post-college employment and get a start on a new career.

  1. Do an Internship – An Internship will give you on-the-job training and will get your foot in the door for a job after college.
  2. Plan Ahead – Start looking for a Job before you graduate. Be on top of things, and have a plan after graduation.
  3. Business Connections – Make business connections at college and keep in constant contact with them. This could lead to a job offer down the road.
  4. Get an MBA – Can’t score that top job you wanted? Increase your self-worth by investing in an MBA at a top business school.
  5. Be a Leader – While in college, join and participate in clubs, sports teams, and campus activities.
  6. Flexibility – Be willing to relocate. Being flexible after you graduate from college gives you more opportunities.
  7. Career Fairs – Visit career fairs at your local college and make an effort to meet prospective employers.
  8. Do what you Love – Go for a Job you will like, something you will be enthusiastic about and truly enjoy.
  9. Have a killer Resume – Spend time perfecting it.
  10. References – Have your favorite teachers write letters of recommendation.

Why is it hard to get a job after graduating?

Competition is one of the main things that makes it hard to find a job after college.

Statista says that the number of Americans with a 4-year college degree has been going up steadily since the 1940s. By 2020, 38.3% of women and 36.7% of men will have finished at least four years of college.

Since more and more people are getting college degrees, it’s hard for graduates to stand out to employers. For college students who did not do an internship in their field of study while they were in school, the competition can be even tougher.

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About Maki Hojo

Maki Hojo is a student at the University of Michigan. A foodie since birth, she enjoys cooking, eating, photographing, reading about, and playing with any and all types of food. Her idolization of culinary delights is complemented by her active spirit - she enjoys running, swimming, barre classes, and even spontaneous bursts of interpretative dance if the mood strikes her.

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