Graduation ceremonies and festivities are popping up all around us. A time for happiness and celebration, and a start to a whole new life. But, what lies ahead??
According to U.S. News & World Report, recruiters say 2012 college graduates will see more job opportunities.
As written by Catherine Groux and Posted March 21, 2012 11:24 am, “Although the economic downturn affected countless people across the U.S., the nation is slowly showing signs of recovery, especially for bachelor’s degree holders. According to a 2012 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring managers plan to employ 9.5% more new college graduates in 2011-2012 than they did in 2010-2011. Additionally, hiring is expected to increase across almost all majors, with the sharpest growth predicted for those who study business, computer science and engineering.”
What can you do to help land that dream job? Your resume says a lot about you and is the first impression the company has of you. However, writing a resume as a recent college graduate has some challenges. As a recent graduate, you have limited professional experience which may make it difficult to prove your value to a potential employer. Focus on your successes achieved while attending college and create a one page resume that highlights important information about you. You may also want to consider an internship, which will give you valuable on-the-job training that will be sure to add experience to your resume.
Practice your interview skills. Make sure to use proper grammar – not slang, street talk. Ask a friend or family member to perform mock interviews with you. You will want to make sure this person is willing to provide you with constructive criticism. Be familiar with most frequently asked questions during the interview process. This will help you be prepared. Monster.com has a list of questions that are likely to be asked during an interview.
Be on time for your interview. Nothing says “unreliable” more than a late applicant.
Dress for Success. Always show up to your interview dressed appropriately for the workplace.
Put your best foot forward. Be yourself and be honest. Your potential employer is trained to know when you are pulling their leg.
Go out there and get that dream job! After all, isn’t that why you have been working so hard to obtain your college degree?