You did it! You made it through the Fall semester — your very last. You survived that dreaded Spanish exam — your very last. You’re looking forward to enjoying winter break — your very last — but you can’t help but start thinking about life after May.
Soon, you will leave those hallowed halls behind, and begin writing a new chapter. Whatever becomes of that chapter depends on you. The time to stop wishing on eyelashes is now; it’s time to start networking, and time to start your job search. Remember, your dreams only work if you do.
1. Say you really, really want to work for Google. Connect with the search giant’s current interns, and dig for information: Who to call, who not to call, what to include to make your resume stand out, what not to say once you’ve landed the big interview.
2. Contact the career center at your college or university. They often conduct mock interviews, which give new job seekers the invaluable opportunity to bone up on their professional communication skills. If your school doesn’t have a career center and/or doesn’t offer mock interviews, ask a counselor, an advisor, or a favorite professor for help.
3. Leverage your alumni network. Chances are, your school maintains some sort of database listing packed with alumni contact information; some such resource tools will also contain details about where, or in what industry a particular alum is employed. Reach out to someone in your chosen field, and ask if they’d be willing to talk to you about how they achieved success.
4. Moving out of state after graduation? That directory database comes in handy in more ways than one. Connect with local alumni to learn more about the city and the job market, and make new friends along the way.
5. Be an intern. There’s no amount of money worth the professional experience you’ll gain.
6. Think outside the academic box. When the time comes to complete midterm or final projects, talk to your professors about different ways to approach the assignment so that you might develop new, marketable skills. Why write yet another paper when you can start a blog, or make a video instead?
7. Tweet, but be smart about it. (In other words, stop Instagramming drunk selfies.) You are the social media generation. You know it. We know it. Your potential employers know it. Follow @FledgelingApp on Twitter for new job listings and tons of content designed to help make your job search a little easier, and a little more fun.