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Graduation is an exciting time for college students, but it can also be a nerve-wracking one. The transition from student to professional can seem like it's supposed to be instantaneous. Because of those expectations, many college graduates end up feeling lost and bewildered as they try to jump-start their careers. That doesn't have to be you.

How To Find A Quality Job After College

Try to keep things in perspective after graduation. You’ve just finished a rigorous study of many subjects which demanded many late nights and early mornings. You probably had to drink a few too many energy drinks to stay alert during class. Life is different in the professional world, but you will make the transition with time, just as you did from high school to college. Now, with that in mind, here are some ways to find a quality job after college.

Finalize your resume


Right out of college, you won't have a resumé that's packed to the gills with jobs, but that doesn't mean you can't create a persuasive resume. You need to focus on what skills you've gained and how they'll be marketable in your professional life. For starters, you can consider your college career. What was your major and how did your classes help you develop? If your degree is going to be in computer science, tout the various programming languages you're proficient in. Any internships that you took part in should also be on your resumé. Part-time jobs, such as ones in the service industry, might not be entirely relevant to the jobs you're looking for, but they're still worth mentioning in the early stages of your career and can demonstrate desirable job skills, such as teamwork and problem-solving.

Network


You have a strong GPA and are about to get a college diploma? That's great, but you're unfortunately not alone. Competition among college graduates for jobs is fierce. To stand out amongst the crowd, you have to put yourself out there. Networking simply means you put your name on the lips of just about every professional you can. This can be done through professional events, such as job fairs, through speaking to family members, or just by pure happenstance. The point is to build up as many contacts as possible. Don't put too much pressure on them. Simply say that you're about to graduate and are looking to start your career. When openings are available, they should have you in mind.

Learn how to interview


The job interview is a situation that puts many on edge. While indeed stressful, they can be made much more bearable through preparing and learning how to interview. Success in a job interview starts with confidence. You need to show the interviewer that you're the best person for whatever job you're interviewing for. To build your confidence, you need to research. Learn all about the job you're interviewing for, from its history to its department heads. You can also learn to work through your nerves. Coaching for interviews for college grads is available and should be taken advantage of as soon as you can.

Build skills


If you think your resumé is lacking actual, desirable skills (between generic qualities like "detail-oriented" or "highly-motivated"), now is the time to start boosting it. Look for what the most sought-after "hard skills" (ones that are able to be properly measured) are. Take time to get familiar with as many of these as possible. This could mean increasing your typing speed, learning a programming language, or developing Spanish fluency. Learning new skills can help show your versatility to employers and further your brainpower.

Conclusion

 

A good job after college might not be your dream job, but it can definitely be one that's satisfying and teaches you invaluable skills. In the months ahead of your graduation, you should be putting as much time and energy as possible into polishing your resumé, making connections, learning to interview, and building your skills. When it comes time to apply, you'll show managers that you have what it takes to work for them.

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter. 

 

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