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  • You've Graduated, Now What? 10 Tips to Find Your Dream Job

    Job Tips 2018

    You’ve passed your exams, earned your diploma and celebrated your accomplishments at commencement. Now comes the time to get serious about job hunting. Searching for a job can seem overwhelming and challenging at times but with these few tips you’ll be sure to find your dream job in no time!

    Read on for a few tips to help you in your job search!

    1. Update your résumé. You’ve earned your degree now, so make sure that is reflected on your résumé! You should also make sure that any internships, part-time jobs, volunteer work, leadership experience, or extracurricular activities that you’ve completed during the last few years are reflected on your résumé.

    2. Customize your résumé. It’s said that employers spend less than ten seconds looking at each résumé they review. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your résumé stands out to them in that short of time. Customize your résumé so that it relates to the job you are applying for and use keywords that relate to the job and will stand out to the employer. 

    3. Write a good cover letter. This is your opportunity to tell a potential employer who you are, why they should hire you, and what makes you a better option than other candidates. This is not the time to regurgitate your résumé, it’s your opportunity to give additional details about yourself that are not reflected on your résumé. Using the key requirements of the job, talk about how your skill set will be beneficial to the company and highlight experiences that back it up. 

    4. Have an interview outfit ready. You never know how quickly a potential employer will want to have you come into the office for an interview, so it’s important to have a go-to interview outfit so you’re not scrambling for one at the last minute. Make sure it’s something that will leave a positive first impression on your potential employer. For women, a blouse and dress pants with a pair of flats or heels is always a safe option! For men, try a button-down dress shirt, pants and some loafers.

    5. Polish your social media. It’s likely that a potential employer is going to search you on Google and social media sites. When they do this, you want to make sure that you are representing yourself professionally. You should clear out any photos of you that may be deemed inappropriate, delete any tweets that could be questionable and get rid of any social media rants about how much you hate your current job.

    6. Network. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your previous bosses and internship supervisors to see if they have any or know of any available opportunities. It can also be beneficial to attend networking events where you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who may have opportunities available.

    7. Prepare for your interview. Research the company, practice your answers to common interview questions, and look up background info about the individual you’re interviewing with. Showing up the interview prepared will be noticed by your interviewer and give you an advantage against the competition.

    8. Prepare questions. After the interview, it’s likely that your interviewer is going to ask if you have any questions. It’s smart to prepare a few questions in advance to show interest. Try to make them thoughtful enough that the interviewer knows you’re serious about the position and did your research about the specific job you are after! Some examples include:

    • What’s are some challenges of the job?
    • What’s a great day like for you?
    • What drew you to your role at this company?

    9. Send a thank-you email. Let your interviewer know you appreciated the opportunity to meet with them. If you were interviewed by a few different people, make sure to email a thank-you to each of them, separately. By sending a thank-you email after your interview, you’ll show you’re serious about the position, you’ll make a positive impression, it will keep you in the top of their mind when they make their final decision, and it shows that you have good manners.  

    10. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Remember, the job market is extremely competitive. It’s important to be realistic that you might not get the first job you interview for so be sure to apply for a range of positions that are of interest to you.

    Need career advice? The Dean College Office of Career Planning & Internships offers a variety of services to support students and alumni at every step of the career-building process. To learn more about the Office of Career Planning & Internships, visit www.dean.edu/careerplanning

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