We all want to be working post-graduation. How can we ensure we are actively doing everything we can do at the moment to get hired after college?
As a senior in college, I am in the most stressful yet exciting part of my life. I am eager to graduate college and jumpstart into the real world, but I also battle with feelings of fear and anxiety. Who’s with me?!
I know there are so many other twenty-somethings in this exact position right now. We have worked extremely hard these past four years to be our best selves and excel in our choice of study, but it is about to be time to put everything we have learned to the test. Of course, part of our growth will undeniably come from getting our first job, but we need to make sure we are doing everything now to land that first position.
Recently one of the teachers reminded me that the worst feeling is regret. We do not want to graduate college and feel like we did not do everything we could in the last 4 years or even last 6 months to be our best selves.
So, how do we do that?
10 Steps To Get Hired After College
1. Putting in the Work
We have to learn to love working hard because that is the only way you are going to make it to the top of any industry you desire. It is also the most rewarding way to make it there. No one is going to hand you anything on silver platter or reward you for working hard for one day or even a week. You have to be consistent and do it for yourself. We cannot work hard to satisfy others or compete with anyone else but ourselves.
We are in a competition everyday with ourselves to be better.
Some days are harder than others, and that is normal because trust me you will not be a rockstar everyday. But, that does not mean you cannot strive to me one.
Hustle, BOSS up, go HAAM, however you want to say it, thats what you need to be doing. Don’t shy away from working harder than everyone else around you or allow others negative energy to affect your hustle.
The next couple of actions explain how you should put in the work. We want to work hard but efficiently because you don’t want to burn out or get overly stressed. There are ways to work hard, while maintaining a piece of mind and becoming your best self.
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2. Using Your Money Wisely
We have to get off our phones and go to classes, workshops, events, etc to make connections and expand our education. As college students or young adults, we are tight on money, so we shy away from attending workshops or events because of the price. It is important to prioritize and invest in our future and goals.
Create a list of classes and workshops that you would love to attend and you think would be beneficial to you. Consider the price and if it is way over budget or if it is something you can make happen. Now, the real test begins. Create a budget or a spending plan so you can save money for a specific event or allocate money to these sorts of investments.
Figure out what you must pay each month: your expenses/ bills. Then everything else like eating out, shopping, social luxuries, can be moderated. Figure out how much money you are spending each month on this and cut it down so you can save towards classes and workshops. You can cut down on food by eating out less and meal prepping. You can stop or limit your shopping trips for a few months because investing in your future is more valuable than a new shirt or pair of shoes (you can buy all the shoes you want when you make it!)
You cannot be upset that you are not making vital connections if you are not willing to invest in putting yourself in the places that will connect you to those people.
Also, find bargains! I wouldn’t recommend paying an arm and a leg just to be at a conference, so it all depends on how much you think you will gain from the experience.
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3. Doing the Research
Now stay on your phones, but stop mindlessly scrolling for a bit and use the internet for some good! I have found that the generations before us were so much more hungry for information even though they had less access to it. We have so much information at our finger tips, yet we don’t use it to its full capacity.
If you want to work somewhere or with someone, then do your research!
The worst is to reach out to an organization or a person via email and your email is generic and lacks substance because you do not know anything about it. People will appreciate when you actually know about them and genuinely thank them for inspiring you. I have scheduled two meetings already this year for my interests in social media management because I either sent a thoughtful email as a follow up or I attended an event and asked to meet the social media manager.
So, do your research and SPEAK UP!
4. Asking Questions
Speaking up means asking questions and introducing yourself to people. We are about to graduate and become a little fish in a HUGE pond. How are you going to get your name out there? You’ve saved your money to attend a workshop or event, but now it is time to speak up. After you do your research, think about questions you could ask. What are you having trouble with on your journey or what would you like to know about someone that has helped them succeed?
Even if you are naturally an introvert, it is important to know when to speak up and market yourself. There is a line between coming off as overbearing and annoying or genuine and inquisitive. Stick to the latter because more than not people will want to help you and feel honored that you are asking them for help.
5. Building Connections
6. Knowing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
You should have a sense by now of what your strengths and weaknesses are. When you walk into an audition or interview you should be confident in your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses, but do not allow them to hold you back. It is important to be aware of your weaknesses, but you should not make them obvious to whoever is in the front of the room.
Continue to hone your strengths daily, as you work to strengthen your weaknesses. Remember, we all have things to work on, so do not get caught up in what you are not good at or the forbidden “can’t do.”
Whenever you feel yourself allowing those negative thoughts to take over, take a moment, get out of your head, and remember life is a process. We cannot be perfect because that would be too easy. So, we all have things to work on everyday because that is what makes us stronger and magnificent.
7. Learning form Your Mistakes
If you make a mistake once, no big deal! If you make the same mistake twice, you are not focused. Three times or more, is unacceptable. At that point, you are not being mindful.
We are in control of ourselves, our mind, and our body. We run the vessel and call the shots. So, it is important to get out of the habit of making excuses or blaming our problems on others, when we often are the culprit.
An employer will excuse your first mistake, maybe even the second one, but after that he or she will think you don’t care.
Or, if you are doing something that is preventing you from getting a job, then make a change! Don’t continuously go on interviews or auditions, and not be mindful of what is working and what is not. It is our job to reflect after each interview or audition on what worked well and what could have been better.
8. Finding People Who Inspire You
I love scrolling down my Instagram feed and seeing dancers, fitness enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and curly hair beauties that inspire me. I follow their pages, so I can see the choices that they make and what events they attend. Since I aspire to be where these people are, I am interested in following their journeys.
Also, it is so much easier to connect with people who inspire us now because you can see if they are hosting or attending an event that you can go to. You are likely to meet other like minded people attending the event that you can connect with or find more incredible people who inspire you.
Anything is possible. So, find people who have made it happen and see what steps they took because you can do it too!
We are better when we surround ourself with positivity and people who work hard because they inspire us to work hard as well. Look at your circle of friends and your timeline and see if you can do some cleaning up.
Think to yourself, are the people around you helping you become the best version of yourself?
9. Setting Goals and Having a Plan
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
It’s important to take the time to think about what we want post-graduation and how we plan on getting there. You might know exactly what you want to do, or you might still be on the fence juggling a few options.
If you know what you want to do, then create actionable steps on how you will get from Point A to Point B. This path is not set in stone, but it is necessary to have concrete ideas. Nothing will happen if you are going with the flow and allowing life to just happen. We need to take ownership of our futures.
If you are struggling with uncertainty of what you want to do, start with what you are passionate about. There should be at least a couple of things that interest you or bring you joy. Start with that and then see where it takes you. We often feel pressured after school to know exactly what we want to do and find a career in what we are majoring in, but this does not always happen right away.
Guess what?! That is OKAY! As long as you are working hard, building connections, and actively trying your BEST self everyday you are on the right track.
10. Self Care
Something I am trying too focus on this year and continue to foster after I graduate is becoming my BEST self.
What does that mean?
That means.. being kind, loving, positive, feeling fulfilled by what I do, working hard, being with people who inspire me, working out, eating healthy, and remaining true to myself.
Maybe your goal after college is just to take some time to figure out who you are outside of a school setting and what brings you happiness.
Get in touch with your body and what it needs to be at its best. As a dancer and someone training to be a group fitness trainer, fitness and nutrition are essential to my self care. However, it is important for everyone to be aware of what they put in their bodies and how they take care of their bodies to live their best life because it is all connected.
If you find yourself lost or unmotivated at the gym, try a unique fitness class. This is such an amazing time to get in shape because there are SO many options. You can do yoga, pilates, dance cardio, boxing, cycling, running, bootcamp, and the list goes on!
You’re ALL always welcome to take my class once I become an official trainer! 😉
A common thread throughout these 10 actionable steps was becoming your BEST self. If you are working to be the best version of yourself you will be a joy and an asset to any employer. Employers will immediately feel your positivity, grace, and confidence and want to hire you.
Comment below if any of these steps has helped you land a job or how you become your BEST self!