With thousands of fresh graduates all qualified to fill a position, you need to find ways before you graduate to get an edge over your competition. One way you can do this is through internships.
Internships are not only a great opportunity for you to gain experience in your chosen field, but they also give you a chance to network and set yourself up for success when the time comes. During your stay with the company, you’ll need to do your best to at least make acquaintances (if not friends) with everyone. If the opportunity to talk to people is limited, you’ll want to make the best of what’s available. Build relationships with people who can help you when time comes.
Another way for you to get an edge over the competition is by getting part-time entry-level positions with companies in your field. The position doesn’t even have to be directly related to the job you eventually want; it can be as a contractor or document filer. As long as you get yourself in, you’re giving yourself a shot by introducing yourself to people. This way, you can already show your work ethic and no longer have to struggle to prove it during an interview.
The most important thing is to get your name out there. You just need to show people who you are as a professional. Let them know that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty or go the extra mile. It’s important to start early—if you don’t, you’ll miss out on the many golden opportunities that will come along the way.