OMG! Graduation is in one month and I STILL don’t have a job!

If I had a nickel every time I heard that..well I’d probably have a dollar. The point is that many of my friends have found themselves in this position and while it seemed hopeless at the moment it all worked out in the end. Here are the things that I have learned throughout the way.

1. Utilize the career services office

Obvious answer, I know, but we often forget about them. If you applied to a million places and still do not get any callbacks or if you go to many interviews and don’t get THE JOB something is not clicking. Call up an advisor and arrange for a resume or cover letter review or maybe a mock interview session. Sometimes it’s all it takes! A boost o confidence and a little tweak to your action verbs in your CV.

2. Talk to your professors

I hope that you made a lasting good impression on some of your professors, because this is the time when it pays back. All those long nights studying to get an A will help you know. So, go and talk to your professors. Usually people in academia are very well connected and you can piggy back off of their network. If you explain your aspirations and your experience, send them your resume, they should be able to put you in touch with someone who has an opening, maybe even an alumni. So be bold, talk to your professors. You have nothing to lose.

3. Talk to people like you

What I mean by this is talk to people who share your interest. The best place to start is your alumni network, and if you do not know anybody directly, some of your friends might. Go on LinkedIn (if you do not have an account, CREATE one right away) and connect with alumni from your field and ask to meet someone who works in an industry you like or for a company you admire. Be courteous of their time. Ask to meet for a coffee or quick lunch as you would like to know more about their field and their company and you are interested to see which is the best field for you. Making a good impression can get you the right type of connections that can send your resume directly on top of HR’s pile of documents.

4. Think outside the box

Sometimes we get so stuck with the idea of a job that we often ignore other possibilities. Some jobs are labeled as internships although they last for 9-16 months! So don’t limit yourself to full-time positions. These positions can be an amazing opportunity explore the field and prove yourself. Same goes for part-time positions. Granted, not enough money to move out of mom and dad’s place, but a decent start, while allowing you to scout for other positions if you do not like what you are doing or keep an eye out for other windows of opportunities, such as a full time in a different department at the same company.

So, regardless of how frustrating the job market and job search are, keep trying and always keep your eye out for the right opportunity for you. It is there! Trust me, I’ve been there!

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