It’s that time of the year again – college graduation!
College graduates around the country are now on the prowl for a new job. If you are one of them, or you know someone who is a recent college grad, you’ve probably been hearing about the challenges these folks face in the job market. Some of this information is accurate, and some of it is a myth.
Below are four myths related to finding that first job out of college.
1) You Need a Connection to Get a Job
It is true that networking can be a good way to find job opportunities; however, the truth is your abilities, accomplishments and personality will get you the job more than a connection will.
Make sure your resume showcases your qualifications in the best possible light. Consider beefing up you credential with volunteer work or internships. Practice your interview skills so you can stand above better-connected applicants. If you’re the best candidates for the job and can show it convincingly, it won’t matter if your competition had better connections.
2) Employers Roll Out the Red Carpet for College Graduates
After all the hard work and perseverance it took to graduate from college, and high school for that matter, it’s normal to feel you are at least entitled to an entry-level job. However, employers just aren’t going to roll out the red carpet for you. Feeling entitled to a job after graduation can set you up for crushing disappointment.
You must actively chase down job opportunities after you graduate; by searching through countless postings, crafting a good resume, writing many cover letters, practicing interviews, networking and taking on volunteer opportunities.
3) An Advanced Degree Puts You Ahead of Job Seekers Without One
Similar to the myth that a four-year degree is a guarantee for employment, a graduate degree doesn’t always put you one step ahead of the competition.
While an advanced degree is required for many professions, like medicine or law, graduate school isn’t necessarily the key to unlocking career success. Sometimes, getting a job right after undergrad is a better idea, particularly if you’re in an industry like marketing or even IT, where an advanced degree isn’t required.
4) You Have to Build a Career From Day One
Many people go through college knowing exactly what they want to do, only to start working in their field and find it isn’t what they’d though it would be. If you talk to a lot of people in the middle of their career, you’ll find many of them didn’t go to school for what they are very successful at doing.
Always give yourself the freedom to figure out what you want to do in the future, even after graduation or after working that first entry-level job for a couple years.
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