With the first goal of completing school at the University of Colorado completed, the next step is to find that coveted job after college. You might tempted to start plastering your resume on the web and digging into job search engines, but avoid the gung ho job hunt. Before you send out your first resume though, make sure you're prepared.
Tips for Preparing to Find the Right Job After College
Get Your Resume Ready - If you're writing your own resume, research quality examples and structure accordingly to make yourself stand out. Avoid using basic templates bundled with software. One of the best investments you can make is to work with a professional resume writer or speak to a service that offers career counseling that can help you set up a killer resume.
Gather Recommendations - Don't target friends and family for recommendations. Instead go after coworkers in the past, hiring managers you've worked with, and academic professionals you interacted with throughout your time at the University of Colorado. Recommendations could be the deciding factor between you and another candidate. Get them in writing, but also try to get them digitally on sites like LinkedIn or within a service like FirstJob that allows you to compile and display endorsements.
Update Your Social Profiles and Security Settings - Make sure profiles like LinkedIn match up to your resume. Also, lock down your social profiles like Facebook and review them to make sure you're not publicly displaying any material or content that could paint you in a negative light to a hiring manager if they look you up on the web.
Practice Your Elevator Speech - An employer is likely to ask you why they should hire you, or what value you bring to the company. Know your unique selling position and what makes you unique, and practice compiling that into a 30 second reply about why you're the right choice. This way you're prepared if put on the spot.
Promote Yourself - Start a blog that shows off your experience and expertise. You don't need to have a huge audience; just sharing what you know can prove to a hiring manager that you know your stuff. This is also true of maintaining an online portfolio of your work if you're in the creative industry.
FirstJob helps recent grads from the University of Colorado and other colleges around the nation navigate the job market and match them to the most relevant jobs in their industry. Find the right job after college and be prepared - discover more tips for career success at the FirstJob blog.