Graduating from college is an exciting milestone in launching your career. Your college graduate job search is not without potential pitfalls, however. You can help to make your job search successful by avoiding these common problems.
Poor academic performance can hurt new college graduates who are searching for their first job. In the absence of an extensive work history, employers may give more consideration to a new graduate’s GPA and academic performance.
A lack of work experience can be a significant pitfall in a college graduate job search. Graduating from college demonstrates academic skills to an employer, and may also show an ability to commit to a project, but it doesn’t show how well a graduate is able to work in a professional environment.
Extra-curricular activities and projects can also demonstrate initiative and motivation. The lack of any elective or extra-curricular involvement, when coupled with a lack of work experience, may cause an employer to wonder if a new college graduate is motivated and career minded.
Professional references are important because they allow a job seeker to demonstrate not only professional experience, but the ability to work well with others and as part of a team. Not being able to provide any work or professional references can leave you at a disadvantage.
It is not uncommon for people to enter college with the expectation that their degree will guaranteed them a good job upon graduation. Unfortunately, unemployment and underemployment rates remain stubbornly high. There may be times when it is appropriate to hold out for a better job opportunity, but failing to adjust your expectations in light of the current job market may prevent you from enjoying a successful job search.
It is important to be prepared for the demands of a job search. Carefully prepare and edit your resume before you start your job search so that you are ready to apply for any promising opportunities. Developing a system to track job leads, contacts, and follow up communication can also help to avoid missing opportunities to more organized job seekers.