With the stock market dropping and reports of layoffs across the country, the thought of graduating college and entering the job market is a scary thing right now. However, there are a few strategies to set you apart from the crowd and find a job that best fits you!
Getting a job is a lot of work! In this economy, it is important to put time aside to search for jobs and specialize your resume to fit each company you apply for. It is quoted that it can take around 6 months to find a job, and in this economy, it is important to understand there is a lot of competition, so you need to put the time and effort in to have better chances.
Network! "It's not what you know, it's who you know." As many as 80% of jobs are never advertised, so look at your contacts as a place to start. Great ideas for networking include internships or volunteer work, take any opportunity to meet people in your field, and joining clubs or organizations related to you career.
Utilize ALL your skills! Look at jobs that are related to your major but also look at using other skills you may have learned in your education and other working experiences. Be open to new experiences and career opportunities that you never really considered before.
The Boise State Career Center is a great resource to use to help get you started and prepare you for the next step, a CAREER! We can help you with your cover letters and resumes, practice interviews, and internship connections. Remember to start early, network, and be a well rounded candidate for jobs you apply for.