Graduation Is Near And Still No Job?
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Graduation is approaching and for some this can be nerve-racking when you don’t have a job lined up yet. Are you someone who applied to hundreds of jobs and still no response? There are simple mistakes you could be making that hinders you from getting a job. The Life Currency is here to help you solve this problem, but most importantly, you must remain proactive and trust the process.
Your resume is sloppy
You may not have any spelling errors on your resume, but poor formatting can easily have you overlooked. Have at least three professionals look over your resume and give you feedback. If you aren’t great with margins, look up tutorials on YouTube or go to your career center at school. No excuses!
You don’t utilize your resources and rely only on job listings
Many college students fail to use the resources they have that’s right in front of them. Be sure you are using your career center at your university and the alumni network. You cannot rely solely on job listings to get you a job. In this day and age, people get jobs off who knows their work ethic and can put in a good name for them.
You use the same cover letter and resume for everything
Although you may be applying for jobs in the same field, you may be listing information that is not relevant to that position. Read the description on the job you are applying for and think of relevant experience you can put on your resume to match that. Your cover letter is for you to tell your story, who you are and what you can do for the company. A cover letter is a great way for someone to see if you would be a great fit to the company so using the same cover letter is a common mistake people make. We know cover letters are tiring, but it’ll all pay off in the end!
You don’t follow up after you applied for the job
The work doesn’t stop after you applied for the job. Take initiative by finding the recruiter’s email and send them a heads up about how you applied to the position and are excited about being considered for the opportunity. Reach out to someone you know that works at the company you applied for and see if they could pass your resume along to the hiring manager.
You fail to clean up your social media profile
A great way to clean up your social media profile is to get a professor to look over it and ask him or her to point out anything that seems inappropriate. What may seem fine to you may look different in the eyes of a professional looking to hire you.
You don’t have a LinkedIn page
According to LinkedIn Job Statistics, 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, we suggest making one after you read this article. If you don’t know where to start, seek out help from a professional who has a LinkedIn profile and understands how It works.
You fail to prepare for the interview
Maybe you are getting some interviews, but no one has hired you. This could be because of your lack of research or because you weren’t a good fit for the company. It’s important to research the company you are applying for and understand their culture. A great way to prepare for the interview is to reach out to someone you know who works for the company. If you don’t know anyone, ask a professor if they happen to know someone or read employee reviews on Glassdoor.
Job searching is stressful, but once you fix the little mistakes, you will be surprised at the results you get. Happy job hunting!
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com