Getting A Job After Graduation

It’s a lot easier for some people and much harder for others.

Getting that job after graduation comes down to a few key factors:

Who do you know that can get you an interview?  What skills do you have to offer an organization and how can you display them?  And how hard are you willing to work to get the job that you want?

Source: Jeff Christian

Source: Jeff Christian

For me, I’ve been on the job hunt since this past December.

I graduated with a degree in PR, had a 3.84 GPA, have done three internships and have been an executive board member of PRSSA for the past year.

Sounds like a pretty good resume, right?

Well, I’ve applied for over 150 jobs in and around metro Detroit since December, and still no job.  I had a handful of interviews, but have yet to find that right fit.

For me, finding a job has been more difficult than any class or school project I ever worked on.

I know what you’re thinking:  “There must be something he’s doing wrong.”

Maybe.  But let me share with you the things that I have been doing before you judge me.

  1. Social Media:  I have a very detailed LinkedIn account and active and unlocked Facebook and Twitter accounts.  I’m using social media to my advantage as much as possible and have used LinkedIn to apply for nearly 1/4 of the jobs I’ve been seeking.
  2. Constant Resume Updating: I’ve been refining my resume every couple of weeks to try and make it as attractive as possible.  I also have a few different versions for different types of jobs I am applying for.
  3. Indeed Obsession: Indeed is the best job search engine I’ve come across.  I try to check it daily and try and be the first to respond to a job post.
  4. Attend Job Fairs: I did nearly 30 short interviews and visited over 100 job booths at the recent EMU job fair at Burton Manor in Livonia.
  5. Get Letters of Recommendation: I have a great letter of recommendation from my last internship and am working on getting one from my best professor.

These things have just scratched the surface.  I spend at least 10 to 15 hours a week on my job hunt.

Hopefully, I’m getting closer.

To me, this old saying is ringing truer than ever: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

Networking is now my biggest point of emphasis.

This post isn’t designed to scare upcoming graduates.  Instead, I just want you to understand what you’re in for.  Start contacting people you know now that might have the “in” on a job you may like.

Sam Plymale (BS 12)
EMU PRSSA Alum
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