Work and Money
Land the Job of Your Dreams in 4 Steps
After graduating from college, I was met with a wave of countless interviews and endless rejection emails, and then it was right back to more interviews. Being at a standstill for the first six months post-graduation taught me that landing the job you want takes time, practice, and confidence. It wasn’t easy, but after going through the seemingly endless job-hunting process for a few months, and now as a graduate student, I offer these helpful tips that guided me to the career I wanted to be in.
The best way to start branding yourself is to revamp your online platforms, or professional social media accounts. All your accounts should have a similar voice, tone, and look, depending on the industry or job you are interested in. Many professionals who brand themselves create their own logos, which gives your page an individual look and helps distinguish your work. Sites like Canva, Snappa, and Piktochart are great for producing graphics suitable for personal branding.
They say it’s all about who you know, not what you know. I have had interviews with CBS, NBC Universal, HBO because I had connections at those companies. Networking is about building genuine professional relationships with people who you can learn from. You never know who may know someone who works at the company of your dreams and can put in a good word. LinkedIn is a great place to start building valuable connections. By creating a profile, I instantly had access to millions of professionals looking to hire and connect. I started with a clear headshot and a headline that described my current job position and aspirations; I updated my page with recent professional experiences, and I was good to go.
Often, colleges have partnerships with big companies that place students in paid fellowships and internships. Ask about databases that will give you contact information of alumni who are in your field of interest. I made sure to apply to jobs no more than three weeks after they were posted to increase the chances of my application being viewed. Websites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and WayUp were also some main sites that I used to search and apply to numerous job opportunities. Before applying to jobs and internships, have your resume, cover letter, and application materials reviewed by a trusted professor, or reach out to your career center for more help.
I wanted to impress the hiring managers by showing them I was knowledgeable about the company, its values, and its mission. I had to learn not to be afraid to show my personality, and to be confident. When it comes time for you to interview for your dream job, remember how hard you worked to be in the position you are in, and realize you were chosen for an interview out of hundreds of applicants. After the interview send a thank-you email or a handwritten letter.
The Bottom Line
I have met amazing people and received mentorship from established professionals, and I know when it’s time to look for my next job, I will know exactly what to do and where to go. Keep your mindset focused on your goals and tell yourself you are good enough and qualified. By remaining positive, driven and passionate, you are already so close.