Posted August 13, 2014 by

4 Ways to Get a Head Start on Your Career Options after Graduation

Graduation caps thrown in the air

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Being a recent graduate, you may be full of hope for the future. There are probably a million and one ideas swimming in your head about your career and where you want it to go in the next few years and that is exactly as it should be. You have after all spent at least four years studying to hone and perfect the skills you need to build a career on.

However, the job market is very competitive today. There are more graduates in the market than there are jobs to suit them. It is therefore no wonder that many are out of a job or working at jobs that they would never have imagined themselves in. However, this doesn’t have to be your story. Here are four great tips to give you a great head start in your career.

1.   Career centers

Your campus offers many opportunities for guidance and assistance in getting started in your career. One of the best opportunities is at the career center. It is worth checking in with your university’s career center before you leave college. Many of these centers help alumni find suitable positions to get them started on a successful career.

Career centers are often connected with other job centers or agencies as well as with companies. They are therefore in a good position to help guide you and help you find a job after graduating.

2.   Stay in contact

If you want to have a successful career in today’s competitive market, it is important to stay in contact with people you know or have met. Get on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and connect with Alumni and other people you have met. This network will be very important when seeking employment. It will provide you with crucial contacts.

Ensure that you include detailed information about your career prospects and what you have done in the past that would make you a good candidate for a job. You never know who could be reading your profile.

3.    Get your resume out there

Many graduates complete their degrees successfully then sit at home waiting for the job to come to them. The market is full of graduates that are equally or even more qualified than you and they aren’t sitting on their ears.

It is important to take a proactive approach to finding a job. You need to put yourself out there. You may get rejected now and then but you will eventually find a job that suits your skills.

4.    Develop professionally

Learning doesn’t stop with graduation. There are many graduates who are equally qualified. You should therefore have something extra to put you one step ahead. You should therefore invest in your professional development. You can take up an additional course or training opportunity. There are various ways to fund this including using credit from www.bestcredit.net. Look at job listings and identify trends in the jobs that you aspire to. Seek to obtain the skills that you lack so that you easily qualify for the next advertised position.

Author Bio : Charlie Brown is a content writer. He writes many good articles on Career, graduate schemes, education etc. He loves to read  good novels, magazines, books which provide some good message to the reader.

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