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How to Get a Job with Your Dream Employer by Graduation


A lot of students make the mistake of not planning for their career until they hit their senior year of college. Your job search does NOT begin once you graduate. It begins as soon as you enroll in school, possibly even during high school. Unemployment rates of new graduates are shockingly high – and mostly it’s because they don’t take these simple career planning steps that will land them a job with their dream employer by graduation. People will want you to head out to public areas to socialize or to come over to their dorms or apartments, and part of college is finding yourself through interacting with others. However, before you agree to anything, weigh the options.


Make Your Hit List


Start by creating a list of your 5 to 10 top employers of interest. Research them heavily to ensure it’s really a place you want to work. No matter how important graduate school may be, your kids will always come first. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a partner who volunteers to shoulder the burden of caring for your children while you study, the late night feedings, financial burden, and countless demands on your time will make it almost impossible to do justice to your studies.

Visit their website, dig deep into their company culture, scope out their employees on LinkedIn, ask around to see if you know anyone who has a connection there, follow their college homework help online social media presences and blogs – whatever you can do to get to know the company from the inside out. Your goals may change over time and it’s more than OK to adjust as you go – but the first step in reaching a goal is setting one and writing it down.


Create Stellar Marketing Documents


Whether you like it or not, you are a product that you need to ‘sell’ to companies as an employee, and eventually you will be judged by your resume. Don’t let it fall flat. Most college students’ resumes look empty, generic and sometimes confusing. To stand out, develop extra credentials (that your classmates won’t!) that display your passion for your chosen field. Join a professional association, take professional development certifications or workshops outside of school, volunteer in a related capacity with a local nonprofit, start a business or school club, etc. All of these things can be listed on your resume and make quite the impression on potential employers. Don’t stop at just a resume either – develop a LinkedIn profile and begin networking with others as soon as possible.


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