Many college students are excited to be done with long study nights and being a student who has little money. Many students move across country or back home when they are done with college, and many can’t wait to begin a career that they have been preparing for for many years.
That being said, it can be hard to find a job when you graduate from college. After all, you may have little-to-no work experience (either in general or in your field), which can put other candidates above you. So just how do you find a job after college?
Kent’s Best Apartments offers the best apartments near Kent State. We offer studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments that are extremely close to campus. Our newly-remodeled apartments offer stainless steel appliances, full kitchens, basic cable and internet, air conditioning, and ceiling fans. The utilities are included in your rent, and you can bring Fido or Fluffy with you. We hope to make your college life a bit easier by providing the things you need seamlessly. Below, we’ll offer up more tips on how to find a job after college. Contact our apartment team today!
MORE TIPS FOR FINDING A JOB AFTER COLLEGE
Develop Your Brand
A lot of people think branding is only for businesses. However, nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, everyone should be involved in branding themselves in some way. This is what differentiates yourself from the millions of other workers out there. Examples of personal brands usually involve characteristics, such as being a hard worker, always following up on work, being personable, being reliable, or being a great team player.
In lieu of establishing your brand in a professional job, you can establish your brand before you get a job by creating a brand online. Kent’s Best Apartments recommends that you either develop a website or begin a blog as a way to put yourself and your brand out there. In fact, if you put down on your resume that you have a website, you’ll impress many recruiters and hiring managers. On your website and your blog, you can choose the focus. Perhaps you write about your industry or just your hobbies. Whatever it may be, use this space to get your name out there.
Join Professional Organizations
Many people get their first job from networking. There are many ways to network, but one of the most effective ways is through professional organizations within your industry. You can also attend conferences in your industry, where you will get a chance to meet many businesses, and although the focus of the conference is not on hiring, by just talking to businesses, you could just by chance find a job opportunity, so keep your resume close at hand.
You can also find a mentor in your field to guide you. A mentor is someone who has been in your shoes, is highly successful at what they do, and now they are helping you in your journey to success. They are an invaluable wealth of knowledge that is not to be missed. Sometimes finding a mentor can be intimidating, but it never hurts to ask. You never know who will say yes.
Keep Your Interview Skills Fresh
One of our best tips for finding a job after college is to keep your interview skills fresh. The whole point of a stellar education and resume is to land the interview. However, if you choke during the interview, you’ve just wasted all that time and effort applying for the job. Kent’s Best Apartments recommends that practicing with a friend is a great way to hone your interview skills. You want to exude calm and try not to show nervousness. You want to have answers to questions that you know you will probably be asked ready. For example, “What’s your biggest strength or weakness?” You don’t want to stumble during the interview.
When you do land the interview, make sure you are prepared. Ready the company’s website so that you can answer basic questions about the company, such as “What about our company made you apply?” You’ll want to know facts as well, such as the number of employees, a bit about their culture, and what they sell. The more you know about the company you are interviewing with, the better your chance of getting a job offer.
When you are looking for a job after college, it can be overwhelming and daunting. There are a lot of great companies to work for and a lot of great positions you think you’d love to do. However, you have to keep in mind that because of the internet, most employers are now inundated with job applications to a single posting. After all, it’s easy to upload your resume, write up a quick cover letter, and click “apply.” Thus, you should be prepared that it may take a while to find a job, and it may take dozens of applications as well.
Kent’s Best Apartments recommends that you check for new jobs frequently. It can be that the early bird does get the worm when it comes to applying for jobs so look for jobs that have been posted within the last 48 hours. When you are looking for a full-time job, your new full-time job is finding a job. Be prepared for the long haul.
It can be extremely tempting to jump on the first job you are offered, especially if you’ve been looking for months and interviewing quite frequently. However, you’ll want to make sure that you aren’t “settling.” This can be really hard if the bills are mounting, and you just need a job. However, if you take a job, and the job you really want is offered to you the next week, you’ve got yourself a conundrum. Sometimes you just need a job; but having patience can be prudent as well.
Maintaining Work/Life Balance
As we’ve mentioned before, finding a job is a full-time job. Thus, you’ll want to ensure you are not stressing out too much. Although we say not to take rejection personally, we do. It takes time to develop thick skin, and applying and getting rejected repeatedly can take its toll. Kent’s Best Apartments wants to encourage you to be sure you are getting enough sleep, exercising, and following a healthy diet. You’ll also want to maintain your friendships and your activities as well. Your dream job will come in time.
CHOOSE KENT’S BEST APARTMENTS AS YOUR KENT STATE APARTMENT LIVING QUARTERS
Kent’s Best Apartments truly do offer the best Kent State apartments, from studio apartments to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Our newly-remodeled apartments offer full kitchens, new appliances, and comfort. All of your utilities are included in your rent, which include water, basic cable and internet, heating, and electricity. We are extremely close to Kent State, making attending classes easy (and without excuse!). Our dedicated staff will ensure your needs are taken care of, from helping with online rent payments to getting your maintenance requests taken care of. Our in-suite washer and dryer as well as our private entrances make these apartments convenient.
Kent’s Best Apartments aims to make your stay with us during your time at Kent State enjoyable. Our amenities include an outdoor heated pool that is open during the summer, a state-of-the-art fitness center at our Whitehall Terrace location, and fre tanning. Many suites have skylights, which add light, and breakfast bars. We are pet-friendly. Pets afford us so many benefits, from stress-relief to companionship that we encourage you to bring your pets (breed restrictions may apply). We do our best to enforce quiet time. From just spending time with friends to reading quietly or studying in front of your wood-burning fireplace on a cold night, we hope that you truly love living here. Contact us today for a tour!