Getting a Job after Grad School

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication

Reading an article in USA Today I was excited to see that people are more optimistic about graduates finding employment. In New York State, job growth is up 1.3% from this time last year. This is encouraging for Grad Students as they finish up their masters and begin to look for opportunities in their field. With all of the qualifications that a person might have, it is important to keep in mind how you present yourself in person as well as on paper. Some tips we brainstormed around the office are:

Make sure your resume is up to date and that there are no spelling errors. Yes, this should go without saying but I have proof that even the most seasoned job candidates can misspell. Attach a cover letter that is tailored to the position you are applying for. Each position you are pursuing appeals to different strengths and there is no blanket cover letter that can work for every job.

First impressions are everything (even if someone tells you they are not). Every day we deduce information about a person based on the clothing they wear and what artifacts they surround themselves with. Remember, non-verbal communication accounts for over 90% of communication. So look the part and make sure you take yourself as seriously as you want potential employers to take you.

Finally, don’t be afraid to use the connections that you have. Talking to almost graduates, I am surprised to find how many do not want to tap contacts they have in a field for a job. Is there a better way to find out who is hiring and how to contact the proper person? If you think about it pragmatically, asking around is the best way to go. Most people want to help. (Wouldn’t you do it for someone if you could?).

Unlike with an undergraduate degree, most students in pursuit of a masters are already working or have been employed for a significant amount of time. This doesn’t mean that all of these tips do not apply. What other tips do you suggest for making a job search successful?

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