Life after college can seem terrifying. For the first time you are out in the world and you have to be (*GASP*) an adult. For over two decades your life has revolved around getting an education and now that you have it, do you really know what to do with it? Breathe. It is going to be okay. No! It will be better than okay-this is going to be great! Here are some tools, skills and tips to get you started. Good luck in the real world and remember, you are a UW La Crosse Eagle! Soar into the real world confidently because you can do this!
Job fairs are a great place to mingle with potential employers and get a feel for companies. UW-L hosts several job fairs throughout the year. Visit the Career Services page for a look into all of our fairs and workshops. Remember to bring several copies of your resumé!
The Financial Aid Office's Job Board has been used internationally by employers to hire UW-L students. This is a great place to submit your resumé and browse job descriptions.
Sometimes a keyword search such as "editing jobs" or "accounting positions" is all you need to turn up potential employers. The most popular website tailored to find you a job is Craigslist, but don't just look at one and hope for the best. You should look everywhere you can until you find and land that perfect job!
Having a friend who works somewhere you would like to work gives you an edge on getting that job. If your friend is a good employee and refers you to their boss, there's a better chance you'll get a the job based on their recommendation.
A resumé is a brief overview of your professional experiences and skill sets. For most jobs a simple one page resumé is fine and can be organized something like this,
This should be no longer than a couple of sentences and should briefly describe what kind of person you are and what your career plans are.
Diploma/Degree, name, Institution, City, ST, Date Received.
If you've had classes related to the jobs your applying for consider listing them here.
Your Position, Company #1 Name, From (year started) to (year ended)
Description of duties
Your Position, Company #2 Name, From (year started) to (year ended)
Description of dutiesetc... When writing your work history, put your most recent job first, not the first job you got.
For more info on making the perfect resumé, check out ASME's 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume.
Research the organization your applying for. Visit their website, read their mission statement, and read articles about them so that if your asked questions about the company you have some ready-to-go answers. Doing your homework might even save you from working for a disreputable company.
It has become common practice for employers to search for your profile on social networking sites. Make sure all of your social media posts are appropriate and your photos don't portray you as a unstable worker.
Have copies of recommendations and reference letters with you when you show up to the interview. A lot of students will bring the recommendation letters someone wrote them when they applied to college. You are a different person then you were four years ago! Try to get one of you professors or employers from the last two years to write you a reference or recommendation letter! Be prepared to answer questions about your previous employers, your coworkers, your hobbies, etc.
A good rule is to dress a notch above what the job's dress code requires. For example if the job requires a collared shirt and tie, wear a suit. If the job only requires a company t-shirt, wear a collared shirt to the interview. If the job requires a suit, wear your best suit. For more information view our Dressing on a Budget Brochure.
Even if you look nice, employers are also looking for good people skills. Introducing yourself, shaking hands, remembering please and thank you, eye contact, and smiling are good first steps in a successful interview.
Making the best decision
Were you offered more than one job? View our brochure to make the best decision. Two Job Offers?
A look into the secret world of recruiters.
Landing a Job
Practical Money Skills for Life has written some quick comments and notes about finding and getting a job as soon as possible.
How Not to Get a New Job in 2013: An 8-Step Plan
This Forbes.com article is a a great 'What not to do' for you to follow while on the job hunt.
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