Classroom to Career: Six Steps You Must Take to Get a Rewarding Job

Posted January 30, 2015 by
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With many students working hard towards getting their degree, some don’t anticipate how difficult it may be to find a job, even with an education. As college grads enter the workforce, they may accept another position until the right one comes along. Following these six steps can help you find a rewarding job after college:

Consider an internship

Working gratis for the employer of your dreams is a great way to get your foot in the door. Not only will you learn about the company and specific job duties that you are qualified for, but you will also make important connections to employees and managers who may encourage you to apply when an opening becomes available.

Join business organizations

Become a member of the local business community to begin prospecting for that future position you have in mind. Joining the chamber of commerce or civic groups with members from the business community will help you to get acquainted with companies for which you may want to work for. You can also obtain job leads from other members who know the type of work you are looking for.

Try social networking

When you open an account on a professional business networking website like LinkedIn, you can meet a wider number of possible employers who may be looking for someone like you. You can arrange for job opening alerts and participate in groups and forums where you can learn more about the position you want and where future openings may become available.

Utilize job lists

Start with your university’s job placement center after graduation. Also, check local listings for job openings and recruitment fairs. Look at online job posting sites to find a list of career opportunities. There are job boards on the Web in your area of specialization, so do a search to find them. Often, you can apply online.

Get a master’s degree

Few college grads can afford to continue on for a master’s while unemployed. The good news is you can have a full-time job and earn a master’s degree online or on a part-time basis. For example, you can get a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering online to develop leadership skills necessary for jobs with more pay. More education will make you increasingly desirable as a job applicant.

Market your skills

Demonstrate your skills at trade shows, local fairs, and even stores or schools. The more people that become aware of your marketable qualities, the better chance you have of finding a job.

It doesn’t require huge amounts of time or effort to get the job of dreams. Steps like these get you there faster.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about education, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

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