3 Ways to Get Your Dream Job After College
Every graduating student wants a job that is challenging, has a future and one they could be proud of. However, not every recent college graduate goes about finding their dream job in a matter that is conducive to finding a position that can jump start their career.
While many variables exist when discussing how to get one’s dream job after graduation, here are 3 tips that will help any recent college graduate seal the deal.
1. Dress – for women, I believe that interviewing dress is a little more versatile and that women should dress according to company culture. However, for men, it is imperative that they wear a suit and tie as anything less may be thought of as disrespectful to an interviewer who has been with the company for 20 years and who is giving their time to meet with a new graduate who seems like they don’t care enough to wear a suit (if you get what I mean).
2. Negotiating Salary vs. Negotiating Skills – for a recent college graduate, money is not something that should be of big concern. You only make money in your career if you can bring tangible skills to the table. Thus, the more tangible skills you acquire, the more money you are going to make. Treat the first few years of your career as a skills acquisition period to where you can become a versatile player at any company in 5 to 7 years.
To ensure that you are able to do so, don’t let a few thousand dollars prevent you from taking a job that is heavy on the skills acquisition. When I graduated college, I made the mistake of taking a job for the money so I had to acquire the necessary skills on my own to start a business. It’s easier if you are taught.
In the end, unless you’re going in the first three rounds in the NBA draft, don’t worry about money. Domestic beer never killed anyone.
3. Not Doing Industry Research Prior to Going on the Interview – every interview you go on, try this challenge and, if you succeed chances are that you will not only ace the interview, but you will get the job as well.
While not done by many recent college graduates, this very basic challenge does not take long, yet is crucial. It is to read up on more industry related current events than the person interviewing you.
Remember, the more research you do:
- The more competitive you are compared to applicants who may have gone to better colleges.
- The more impressive you are to the interviewer.
- The less you’ll be fumbling for your words while interviewing.
In the End
As a recent college graduate understand that the job you get is a reflection on how hard you worked to get it. It’s just like in college – slack off and you don’t do well.