College can be one of the best times in your life. You can wake up, roll out of bed and run to class without taking a shower or brushing your teeth. You can spend Wednesday nights at the bar with friends and party into Thursday morning. When your time at college starts to wind to a close, it's time to start thinking about how you'll land a job. Here are five tips that will help you start getting ready for the job market:
1. Clean Up Your Act
While it may be okay to attend college in your pajamas, let your beard go or dye your hair blue while you're in college, you'll want to clean yourself up before you begin your job search. You probably don't need a complete makeover, but you should at least make yourself presentable. Head to the mall and buy a great fitting suit that you can wear on interviews, take the piercings out of your face and dye your hair a natural color.
2. Visit Career Placement
Almost every college has some type of job placement service that it offers its graduates. Be sure that you make an appointment with the career services office before graduation day. Your service provider can go over your transcripts, talk to you about your experiences and interests and help you find a company to work for. These services are free and should be utilized by every graduate; don't try to go it alone if you don't have to.
3. Polish Your Resume
Chances are slim that you found a need for a resume in college. If you have an old resume sitting around, dig it out and polish it up. If you've yet to create a resume, get busy working on it. 99 percent of the companies that you apply with will require a resume or portfolio as part of their application process. Having a great resume is your first step in getting your foot in the door. If you aren't sure how to construct an effective resume, there are writing services that can help you.
Take advantage of any job fairs or networking opportunities that come your way. In many sectors, who you know makes all of the difference in the world. If you aren't great in social situations, take along a willing friend who will make you more comfortable in a room full of strangers. Networking properly can be the difference in landing a great job or flipping burgers in the local fast food joint.
5. Pull Out Your List of Contacts
If you interned or held a job during college, pull out your old list of contacts and start making calls or sending emails. If you performed well at any of your placement, your previous supervisors should be happy to allow you to add their names to your list of references. Even better, there may be a job opening in the company that you are qualified for. Don't be shy about using your old contacts to find a fantastic job.
When graduation looms, it's time to start getting ready to enter the job market. Competition for jobs is high and you'll need to do everything that you can to stand out from the crowd. Follow the tips above and you'll be ready to start searching for the job of your dreams.