Job Hunting and Interview Tips for Those Right Out of College

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Finally, you’ve done it. You’ve gotten through your years in college, completed all of your finals, and received your diploma. Now you’re ready to venture out into the real world and work on the travel career of your dreams, but it’s a tough job market out there and finding a job can be quite difficult. Here are some tips to help you find the right job and keep it, too.

Watch Your Social Media 

While not a direct part of the interview process, your presence on social media says a lot to your potential employer. One study, published in Money magazine, says that 93 percent of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Photos of you partying, smoking, or participating in any other controversial activities could get you turned away. In addition, aggressive status updates or tweets could also shine a negative light on your application. In general, watch what you say and post, and try to keep your social media pages as a good reflection of what employers want to see in a worker.

Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

One mistake that job hunters make is using the same resume and cover letter for every job application. Even if the cover letter is flawlessly written, it doesn’t mean that the next company you go to will think it’s great. Each company has different needs from their employees, so it’s important to tailor your resume and cover letter for each position you’re applying for.

Dress to Impress 

Once you have landed an interview, your outfit and presentation are an important part of the interview process. It’s important to not underdress, and make sure everything is clean and tidy when you walk into the room. If you can’t afford any presentable or office clothing, there are programs that can supply you with them, such as DressForSuccess.org.

Be Nice to Everyone You See 

It’s not just the interviewer that you need to be polite to – everyone you meet during the interview process is important. From the secretary at the front desk to a pre-interviewer who could be asked later on for feedback on your performance and personality. Make sure to be polite and kind to everyone you see.

Utilize Your Career Center Service and Alumni Group 

Even after you graduate, campus services often still remain available to you. If your school has some sort of career help service, you should definitely utilize it. They can give you advice on where to look for jobs, tips on writing a helpful resume, and other such tips that would cost a fortune if you were to get the help outside of school. Your alumni group also might have many opportunities for networking, and help you make connections in the right places.

Attend Events 

While most job hunting in today’s age is done online, there is a lot to be said for establishing real connections with people. Attending events relevant to your field of interest and making a network of connections can give you more job opportunities than you would expect. Sometimes it helps to get off the computer.

Volunteer 

Volunteering isn’t just for high school credits. Volunteering looks good on any job application and there are many volunteer travel opportunities, such as Projects Abroad that you can participate in while you are job hunting. It can give you a valuable reference, wide range of skills, and a unique experience helping those in need. It will shine a positive light of you to your potential employer, as well.

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