New Graduates: How to Maximize Your Chances of Landing That Job

Finding the right job is the entire reason that you got your degree in the first place.  After all, isn’t a college education supposed to make you a better job candidate?  Actually, if you want to get the most out of your degree, you need to know how to maximize its value.


Pick a School Respected in Your Industry


The first thing that you need to do is understand that the school that issues your degree will have a lot to do with the job that you get.  Some schools are more respected than others, while still others have almost no professional recognition at all.  For instance, in the U.S., having a film degree from USC or UCLA will mean a lot more to hiring movie companies than having a degree from a smaller university with less specialized courses


Market Yourself


Another tip to help you get a better job is to market yourself correctly.  Often, getting the job you want is not all about having a degree, but about what you can bring to the table that others cannot.  You need to make yourself stand out from the crowd, so marketing your skills and knowledge is an essential ingredient of being successful. 


On your resume, make sure everything on there is related to your desired job.  For instance, if you are looking to land a job in a vet‘s surgery, make sure you list related interests and hobbies such as dog walking, animal volunteer work etc.  If your interests appear to gel with your desired job, that will give you extra brownie points and give you a greater chance of getting hired.


Watch Your Social Media Presence


Finally, you need to understand the role of your online presence.  Even if you have a prestigious degree, things you post and say online on social media sites and forums can come back to haunt you.  Make a professional page on LinkedIn (an online resume site which most industry professionals use) and make it good, as most hiring agents will check your LinkedIn profile as a matter of course.


To maximize your education and get the job that you want, you need to make sure that you are very careful using your website, blog and even social networks.  Expect all potential job recruiters to check into your online ‘footprints’ before they hire you.  If you are applying to be a surgeon and your Facebook page is full of photos of you and your buddies getting wasted every single night, you won’t be getting many job offers.


Having a degree is not the key to landing your dream job – you need to maximize yourself and your degree in order to get the position you deserve.

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