Around this time of year, my inbox and social media feeds are filled with eager, talented college graduates, who want to know the secret to breaking into the world of business or entrepreneurship. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, below are five actionable steps you should be taking right this second, to land the job of your dreams. Ask yourself if the answer is a screaming, “Yes!” to each question below. If it’s not, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Do you have a LinkedIn page? Is it filled out completely?
Does your LinkedIn page identically match your resume? Be sure to check that dates, titles, and company names match. Nothing says “I’m not sure about this one,” than an employer who, while looking at two pieces of information (your resume and your LinkedIn), has to ask themselves which is the correct one.
Do you have at least one person speaking to your character in the reference section? Before leaving school, find a trusted teacher, T.A., or counselor who can write you a recommendation on LinkedIn. Starting off with public references can help set you apart from others who may not have taken the time.
Do you have a mentor at school?
Do you have one person at school that you could call on, if needed? If not, find that person, before you leave campus. Having at least one person who knows you personally and has a rapport with you is essential. As you search for work, companies will ask for references. Showing that your reference is an accredited individual in their field will help demonstrate your passion for surrounding yourself with high achievers. Additionally, this individual will have a wealth of knowledge and can help point you in the direction of resources or connections to explore while determining your career path.
Kim Kaupe is the co-founder of ZinePak, a custom publication company that creates engaging fan packages for entertainers, brands, and celebrities. She graduated with a B.A. in marketing from the University of Florida and roots loyally for her Gators. Most recently, she was named one of Inc.’s 35 Under 35 and… (read more)
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