How to Find Your First Post-Grad Job
I remember around this time last year I began the months-long process to finding my first post-grad job. Some of my classmates had known where they would be working during the fall semester. As a communication major, I knew that I would have to wait a bit longer to find the right job. Since I know that a lot of other people are looking for jobs, I figured I would share some of my tips to finding your first post-grad job.
- Get organized. This process can take anywhere from one month to several months. For me, it took about 7 months of constantly looking to find the right fit. It is crucial to stay organized so you remember what jobs you applied to once they call you in for an interview. I suggest creating an excel spreadsheet that lists the job you've applied for, the company name, the link to the job posting, the date you found the job, the date you applied, and any notes on the status of your application. I found this to be extremely helpful as sometimes I would hear back from a company and not remember when I applied. It's also helpful so you don't apply to the same job twice!
- Be patient. When searching and applying for jobs, you'll need to be patient. It can take companies a few weeks to get back to you and bring you in for an interview. When I was applying to jobs, I thought ugh why is it taking so long for people to get back?! In college, you are used to more of an automatic response once you hand something in. However, the real world is a bit different. Now that I am working full-time, I realize how difficult it is to find a spare moment to do anything outside of my priorities for the day. I am in an entry-level position, imagine how a hiring manager might feel?
- Be prepared. You've finally landed an amazing interview, or three! Congratulations! Before walking in for the interview, you'll need to be prepared. Research everything you can about the company you are interviewing for. Look at their website, search them on Google, and stay on top of industry news. I also suggest running through potential interview questions and answers. This will help calm your nerves a bit.
- Send a thank you note! Post-interview, you should definitely send a thank you note. I usually sent an e-mail a little after I got back from interviews to thank the interviewer for their time and bringing me in for an interview.
- Remember that you have a choice. Sometimes, when all of your other friends know where they are going to be working, it can be easy to say yes to the first job that poses the question. I want you to remember that you have a choice. You don't have to say yes to the first job that comes along. Really think about the commute, the office culture, the job duties, and how that can fit into your everyday life.
I hope that these tips help you find your first post-grad job! p.s. I've recently started a YouTube channel and would love if you check it out!