If you on the verge of graduation or have just recently graduated, then a job search is on the horizon. However, entry level jobs and college graduate jobs aren’t easy to come by, especially in today’s unstable economy. Fortunately, you can make things a bit easier on yourself by having a few of your closest friends help you in your job search.
Benefit from Your Friends’ Skills
Consider what your friends can bring to the table. If you aren’t very good at creating a cover letter that will grab the attention of your prospective employer, maybe you can ask one of your friends to help. The same is true for your resume. Remember, to get an interview for one of the college graduate jobs that you are applying for, you are going to need to attract the hiring manager with your cover letter and resume. Therefore, it needs to be perfectly written and you need to pay special attention to detail to invoke interest.
One great resource on networking is Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Good Job. This book will help you leverage your network in your job search.
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Preparing for Your Interview
You might land the interview with your attention-grabbing cover letter and resume, but it is how you tackle the interview itself that will get you the job. You want to be fully prepared for any question that could come your way, and the best way to do this is by getting your friends to help you set up a fake interview. Sample interview questions for entry level jobs can be found online. As you answer questions, your friends can help you alter your answers to ensure that attention is brought to your skills, strengths and experience. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Nailing the interview is (obviously) key to getting a job offer. Take a look at Knock ’em Dead Job Interview: How to Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers to get some great ideas and prep for your interview.
Use LinkedIn to Your Advantage
Networking may seem like the last thing you want to do when applying for college graduate jobs, but the truth of the matter is that networking on LinkedIn may connect you with your future job. You may not be connected with anyone in a large corporation, but your friends, or their friends, might be. This gives you access to a number of job openings that you likely would have never come across had you not used LinkedIn to your advantage.
Due to the fact that the competition for entry level jobs and college graduate jobs is so incredibly fierce, don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back immediately for an interview or following your interview. The job search process can quickly become overwhelming, but having your friends at your side utilizing both their networking capabilities and talents during this stressful time can ease the tension that you feel. You have worked so hard to reach where you are at, so don’t let the little things get the best of you. Success will find you!
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Michelle Mantel is the Content Manager at Career Igniter. The Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Illinois Broadcasters Association, and College Broadcasters Inc. have recognized Michelle for her outstanding work and commitment to Journalism.
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