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How to Get Your Career Started

You are almost done with your college. And are probably more excited about the graduation ceremony and the dress you will wear to it than the forthcoming exams. Life is perfect. No worries. You had been anxiously waiting for this day, right? WRONG!

Let us give you a reality check.

Life will only get harder from here on. Stepping out into the practical world ain’t that easy. There will be times when you would just want to stay at home, enjoy watching a show or movie using the Program COX Remote. But guess what? You will not be able to do so. Sorry to burst your bubble but this is the bitter truth.

However, this blog post is exactly what you need at this moment so that you can save yourself from the mayhem that life is about to throw at you.

Resume? What is That?

A general perception that is famous amongst students is that they do not need a resume until the day they graduate. So they never write one. There are also a lot of individuals who write a resume well before graduating but are not sure what exactly should they add to it. It is obvious that you do not have work experience to mention in your resume at the time of graduation (unless you worked part-time). In fact, a part-time job, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and community involvement will be the highlight of your resume at this stage. But you should not under-estimate these achievements in life. Like many students would not consider adding about their blog (though not that famous) in their resume. Or they would overlook the importance of mentioning their role as a president of a certain society in the college. These little (well, they are not so little) achievements speak volumes about you as a person and you need to add them to your resume in order for the employer to know that you had been an all-rounder throughout your college years. And that you can multi-task or possess the leadership qualities. Obviously, the degree that you opted for speaks for itself about the knowledge you have regarding that area.

Once you have written a presentable resume, you are set to send it to the companies you have always wanted to or still wish to work with.

Do Not Ignore the Cover Letter

A resume is done. The next very important thing is writing a cover letter. Do not pass on this task to a friend or your little sibling. A common mistake done by many is that they summarize their resume in the cover letter. Ummm… the employers (almost 99.99% of the times) are pretty learned people who do not need a summary of the already summarized version of all that you have done or achieved so far. So please, think about wasting a sheet of paper some other time. A cover letter should be the key for persuading your employer that they should consider you for the job before they call you in for an interview. It should state your unique selling point or the traits that make you a perfect (or worthy of being considered) candidate for the stated post. The last thing that a cover letter should be is dry or boring.

Keep Linkin’ on LinkedIn

Another very common misperception popular amongst the masses is that you need to make a LinkedIn profile after or when you have at least one job to flaunt about. Wrong. You need to create a LinkedIn account way before you apply for a job and start connecting to people related to your area of interest. Start following companies and applying for a position in those companies that interest you. In fact, thousands of people get jobs through LinkedIn. So, do not hold back and create a LinkedIn profile. It will come in handy.

There is Hope

Patience is a virtue and you will need tons of it when you are hunting for a job. You might land your first job after a single interview. Or you may not get any job even after a dozen interviews. You might not make it beyond the resume screening stage. But under all circumstances, patience and courage are what will keep you going. The moment you lose hope, you are done. So, don’t hesitate in applying for a gazillion (exaggerated figure) jobs. In fact, right after graduating and even before it you should apply to as many jobs as you think are related to your field of study or interest.

It’s not that you have to go to an office to drop your resume. It’s the age of the Internet. Everything is done online. Yes, there is FiOS in my area that you pay for every month, you can send resumes to so many companies. Just think of it in this sense and you are good to go. And if you still feel lost (which in 70-80 cases will be the scenario), connect to the alumnus, the seniors and take part in job fairs.