The Truth about College Graduates’ Job Search
The Good News (and the Bad)
Graduation is Elation!
You did it! You achieved a huge milestone and graduated from college. Now you get to become a member of the workforce (but first you have to convince somebody to give you an interview, and then maybe you can land a decent job right out of school).
You have your four-year degree and are now a highly-qualified job candidate (you didn’t do an internship and you have no experience. Yeah, that’s exactly what every job posting has listed as “required”).
You worked your entire way through school, and all of that workplace experience will surely come in handy (yeah, all of that totally irrelevant experience will definitely sway a job recruiter to choose your application out of a stack of hundreds).
The Job Search is Frustration!
Alright, you perfected your résumé with all of the necessary information and sources, and you are ready to start applying for jobs (straight to the bottom of the pile, under all those applications with years of sought after experience and more respected sources).
It’s okay that nobody has called back yet, be patient, your time will come soon enough (it’s about time to get that standard-issue uniform laid out for work).
While you continue your job search, seek ways to impress potential employers. Find ways to gain experience, volunteer to help out with shoots, write a blog, anything you can do to make yourself look more appealing (you’re going to have to sacrifice your free time, and it isn’t going to make you any money in meantime though).
How Do I Get Experience Without a Job?
Find something you are extremely passionate about, and find an outlet for it. It can be a podcast, or a group dedicated to the discussion of a topic. Everybody has something they love, and are passionate about. Any sort of representation of something relevant to the industry can be beneficial to you, and catch the eye of an employer. (Again, more free time will be sacrificed, and you probably won’t get paid for any of it, not in its early stages anyway. There’s also no guarantee that a potential employer will see any of this as relevant).
Confidence in Life, Confidence in the Interview.
Hey, you got a call for an interview, this is your chance. Walk in there with your head held high and show them why you deserve this opportunity (it may not be the job you envisioned right out of school, but nobody else is beating down your door).
Be confident in the interview. Present a firm handshake, listen to your interviewer, and respond fully to every question they ask. When the interview is over, thank them for interviewing you (they’re going to interview more people than you, so don’t get your hopes up. Just consider this more practice).
You finally got a job! All of your hard work has finally paid off, and your career path has found its beginning (here’s the really bad news: you still have to pay bills for the rest of your life).