There are a lot of college students who can score straight A’s, yet have no idea how to get a job with the right employer.
If this describes you, then it’s a good idea to make use of the career services department in your university, which can guide you as you prepare for your career.
Here are some of the most common job misconceptions, for upcoming college grads and job seekers of all stripes:
1. No experience means no chance of getting the job. This is not always the case. There are a number of companies willing to employ fresh graduates.
It takes time to build a spectacular resume. Two important factors in a job search are practicing patience and always looking on the bright side. As you work through your job search, evaluate what you have done that has helped colleagues and any organizations you may have worked for.
If you’re struggling, make a list of your past experiences to help you see the importance of your role(s)in any projects you’ve been a part of.
2. It’s okay not to update social media accounts. It is very important to keep your LinkedIn account updated if you want to get the attention of companies.
If anything changes in your job search or professional world, update your information. This is a must, particularly if you want to grow your professional network. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date so that interested companies can get in touch with you.
3. Thinking that entry-level jobs don’t suit you. We all have to start somewhere, and there’s nothing wrong with an honest day’s work.
It’s normal for new graduates to apply for entry-level jobs. Use your status to get in at the ground level of an industry you’re interested in, and once you do, get to know your co-workers.
One last tip: Don’t rely on job boards alone as you start your search. Use your network to find your way into companies, even if you’re seeking an entry-level job.
Set your sights high and stay positive! With optimism and the right strategies, you will find the right job.