Securing that first job after college is a daunting prospect for many college seniors and recent graduates. However, you can take charge of the process by following a few simple strategies to get your career off to a positive start. Begin by tapping the resources that are available to you as a student or recent graduate from your college.  Visit the career office at your school and also meet with a career advisor to discuss how you can take advantage of the services and programs that are available. In case you are unsure of your goals, career counseling is available. Advisors can help you to develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews and formulate a job search plan suited to your interests. Colleges also host visits from individual recruiters, hold career fairs on campus, offer recruitment events in key cities and sponsor alumni networking programs.  Undoubtedly you have heard that networking is one of the most effective ways to land a job.  Networking may seem difficult to you as a senior or recent graduate. Before you start, review the career networking tips for college students. That can be very helpful for you.

How to land your first job after college

The best approach is often an indirect one that is, reaching out to contacts for information and advice rather than directly asking people to hire you. Tap your natural curiosity about their work to learn more about what they do in a typical day, the types of skills required for the nature and success of their interactions with people. To find a job in their field, and feedback about your resume, seek advance about the best ways to do it. Ask your contacts to brainstorm about positions in their sector which might be suitable given your background. There are some international interviews that will give your contacts the opportunity to gain an appreciation for your interpersonal style and your skills. They will be more inclined to share opportunities or other contacts with you with this knowledge. Contact as many professionals as you can for informational consultations. Also get lists of alumni volunteers from your career office or alumni association, attend networking events and ask alumni with whom you develop a rapport in case you can follow up with them in the office setting to gain further insight into their work environment. Join any LinkedIn groups for your college and reach out to alumni in fields of interest. Touch base with past employers, coaches, faculty, clergy and others who have observed you in any productive capacity. Ask whether they have any contacts in fields of interest who you could contact for information and advice.  As a student member if you are still in college, join professional groups in your field. Attend conferences and rub shoulders with seasoned pros who are often eager to help neophytes. Volunteer to help run the registration table and you will meet lots of potentially helpful people. Try to arrange a job shadow day when you have a positive networking meeting with someone.