10 Tips On Finding A Career In Your Field
By Tishawna Williams
Tishawna is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
One of the struggles of being a college student is finding a career in your field. In today’s economy, many positions may be limited. Oftentimes, college graduates come out of school unemployed. By sharpening your skills and realizing your strengths, you will be set apart from the masses. I am here to give you advice on how to gain a career in your field of study.
Although college students face a hard job market, they are amongst the first group to be considered for hire. However, there are a few mistakes we as college students make in our job search that hinders our success. Here are some tips that I am sure will get you one step closer to a promising career.
Networking is one of the key things that helps students gain post-grad job opportunities. Friends, parents, and possibly even grandparents may have connections that can impact your job search. There are no limits to networking. By meeting new peoqle in your career field, you will learn how to communicate in a professional environment and also the ins and outs of the job you're applying for.
2. Be Proactive
No matter your area of study, there are a ton of companies out there waiting to hire young professionals such as yourself. Try to research different companies that would be a good fit for you. List at least five target companies and use your network skills to find a connection in each.
3. Build A Strong Resume
Most of our resumes probably consist of a list of jobs and college courses we have taken. Tell the employers what you have to offer the company. Use your resume as a marketing tool to sell yourself to the company. Employers are more likely to hire someone who has a ton of work experience.
4. Use The Internet
Job boards are a unique tool to get your foot in a company's door. After you polish your resume and make a decent amount of connections, try applying to different companies through job boards. As a new grad, you should make your application stand out among the rest. A lot of companies use job board sites to recruit employees that they feel will make a great addition to their workplace. Networking tools such as job boards are a great way to build professional identity.
5. Apply For Internships
Being an intern gives you hands-on experience in a professional environment. The most important thing when applying for an internship is to make sure it is in your area of interest. This way your foot is in the door of a company you are interested in. Keep in mind that employers often use internships as a method of recruitment. Many college students who intern at a company end up getting hired for that company after graduating.
6. Follow Up
It is very important to follow up with a company after sending in your resume. Employers like to know that you are eager to work for their company. Hustle to follow up with every company you apply for. You do not want your resume to get lost in the masses online.
7. Lower Your Expectations
A lot of college graduates set their expectations too high when it comes to career seeking. Keep in mind that you are new in the professional world. You want to get your foot in the door first. You are not going to find the perfect job starting out in your career. Your first job should be about teaching you a great deal on what the career field is about.
8. Be Professional
Social media plays a huge role in today's society, whether it is for entertainment or for news purposes. Nevertheless, you should still be cautious on what you post on your social media pages. Do not think the privacy settings on your social media sites will keep your post away from curious eyes. Everything you post on social media can affect your career. Be mindful and watch what you post. It is never too late to clean up your Internet behavior.
9. Nail Job Interviews
Be aware of your professionalism during an interview. Show the company that you've done your research. Be prepared to answer tough common interview questions such as, "What skills can you bring our company?” or "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Lastly, remember to dress appropriately.
10. Utilize Career Services
Your campus career center can be a big help in helping you find a career in your field. The counselors at the career center often help students with new skills, resumes, cover letters, networking and much more. Do not rely on the career center to find a job for you. The counselors are there to prepare you for your job search. Remember to utilize online job board websites to help you target employers that will be beneficial to your job search.
Hopefully these tips will help you on your journey to your future career. Employers are interested in hiring young, energized college graduates so get out there and get your career started!