Job-Hunting Mistakes College Grads Make

Job Hunting Mistakes College Grads Make  Now that you’ve earned your college degree, are you excited to start your journey to job search success? To help increase your chances of getting in, here are some blunders you need to avoid to say hello to your first post-college job:

1. Too Generic

Don’t be too generic when it comes to job hunting. You have to be specific in what you want in order for people around you to be of help. Know what kind of work you’re looking for, and research the companies you’re targeting.

Include specifics in your cover letter to avoid wasting time and potential networking opportunities. Don’t be afraid if you think you’re narrowing the focus too much or excluding certain opportunities—It’s important to be hired by a company that you enjoy working for, in a job role that suits you best.

2. Not Making Use of Networking

Even if you’ve just graduated, you can still grow a robust network with just three connections—They can include your roommate’s sibling, working parents or your neighbor.

Keep in mind that you can build a network anytime, no matter where you are. All you have to do is tap into those connections to lead you to an opportunity.

You can start by listing at least five people you were closest to while you were studying in college. There’s nothing wrong with talking to them about your job search focus. Ask if they know someone in their realm that works for the specific company or field you’re interested in.

Doing this helps you learn more about specific organizations, fields and positions you may consider working in someday. With just a little bit of effort, you’ll get more leads, and they could eventually take you to that job you’ve always longed for.

3. Halting the JobSearch Process While Interviewing

You have to keep looking for a job even if someone wants to interview you for a position you recently applied for.An interview is no guarantee you’ll be hired. Up until an offer has been made, you’re still unemployed.

Keep the job search process moving forward as you get to know more companies. Things can happen that are beyond your control, so always focus on keeping your searches alive even if you’re actively interviewing.

Don’t forget to be positive while looking for a job. If you’ve been rejected a few times, take note of your experiences and evaluate what went wrong. Doing so will help you find a much better opportunity—one in which you’ll be the perfect fit.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.