To All 2015 College Graduates

I graduated in 2012 from BYU-Idaho. The economy wasn't great, and everyone was telling us graduates they were sorry we were graduating when we were. I had a lot of friends who threw themselves back into school. They didn't dare try and find a job. I was lucky, I graduated with a full-time job. But that wasn't pure luck. Some steps were taken pre-graduation to get me there. The downside was that it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. But it was a job which meant experience and time to figure out what exactly I wanted.






Here are my five tips to any Senior in college to finding a good job:

1. Network, Network, Network!!!: I can't say this enough. Find professionals in the field you're interested in and meet with them. Find out what they did to get where they are, and get on their radar. Doing this got me quite a few job opportunities. It isn't easy reaching out to someone you don't know, but it is much easier than being unemployed. Also remember whether they are in your field or not, every professional you meet will teach you something new and help prepare you to start your career.

2. Don't Be Cocky: This may sound harsh but give me a second to explain what I mean. Don't ever think you're too qualified for a position because you're a college graduate, or think you can't take that position because it isn't EXACTLY what you wanted. Your first job may not be the most glamorous job in the world but it is a job and it is a start at building your resume. The phrase "entry-level" is not a bad thing. It is a great start and will help you grow your experience.

3. Clean Up Your Resume: I couldn't stress this more. Employers will give your resume about 20 seconds. If it doesn't pull them in, if they see a mistake, or it seems cluttered in those first 20 seconds they will throw it away. You need to have a resume that is clean, professional and shows your skills. Don't add skills that aren't relevant to the position you're applying for. Sometimes you'll have a different resume for a different position. Write your resume to cater to the position. 

4. Be Yourself: You're probably thinking, "Uh, that is a bad idea." But I'm being serious. Yes, be professional, but don't be a robot. Employers want to see what makes you, you. They need to see how hiring you against the 30 other applicants is going to help grow their business. 

5. Don't Get Discouraged: I know easier said than done right? But I promise you'll find that job a lot quicker if you keep on trucking along than you will if you quit trying. Remember, you're not the only one searching for a job. Those 2000 other people who graduated with you are also looking for jobs. Just because someone else got selected doesn't mean they are better than you are, it just means they are a better fit for a specific position. You'll find your position that you're perfect for and you'll be glad none of the others ones worked out. As our good friend Dory always says, "Just keep swimming."

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Good luck and congratulations on all your hard work!

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3 comments:

  1. These are fantastic tips for new graduates!

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  2. These are great tips. I remember when I graduated 3 years ago I was so lost lol. That's cool you graduated from BYU-I I went there for a semester before I transferred to BYU!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  3. Yea class of 2012! What an awesome year to graduate (kind of. I wish I was still in school though sometimes because I miss on-campus living!). These are such awesome tips for graduates. Networking is so important, and I wish I would have done more of it in college. I was so awkward, and I just holed up in my shell with my usual group of friends and didn't think about life after college. Having an awesome resume is super important too! I've seen some horrible resumes come through the job I currently work out, and it amazes me that people think they would be considered with the sloppy resume they're presenting to potential employers. Being yourself is also really important. People want to get to know the real you! I just love all of these tips so much! So helpful.

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