Master It Monday: Landing Your First Job Out Of College – 7 Practical Tips For New Grads in 2019


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Article Share: Landing Your First Post-Graduate Job:
7 Practical Tips | By: Sandi Knight

You did it! You’ve survived three/four years of late night cram sessions, team projects and bad pizza and now you’re on to bigger and better.  But now what…? How do you apply or even LAND the job of your dreams?

Whether you’re wrapping up your Junior year starting the search or continuing it as a fresh grad, you know you’ve got to get your foot in the door. But with all the applicants out there, how can a new graduate with limited job history, get noticed?  Sandi Knight, from shares some of the best tips in 2019 to help new grads get past screenings and into the jobs of their dreams…

“Congratulations! Graduating from college and looking for your first “real” job is an exciting and daunting time! The good news is the national unemployment rate is only 3.6 percent as of April 2019.

The bad news: It takes an average of five months to land a job, and 82 percent of job seekers find the process stressful, according to a recent study. So while the economy may be strong, you are still likely to face some challenges along the way. If you want to find the fastest path to job search success, use these tips:


1. Focus on the Basics When It Comes to Your Resume

What makes for a perfect resume depends heavily on the industry and specific job you’re targeting, but there are a few best practices every applicant can follow.

First and foremost, do not lie on your resume. Embellishing slightly to position yourself in the best light is different from outright misrepresenting your skills and experience. Bottom line: You will be found out quickly, so stick to the truth.

Be sure to spellcheck and proofread your resume as well! Spelling and grammatical errors indicate carelessness and a lack of attention to detail on the part of a candidate. Do not rely totally on digital spellcheck tools; they are not perfect. Print out a copy to review carefully for yourself, or ask someone you trust to proof it for you.

Lastly, always bring a hard copy of your resume to an interview. This is a tried-and-true rule, and it shows you are prepared to present yourself for the opportunity at hand.


2. Understand Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant tracking systems (ATSs) are increasingly popular. According to Jobscan, about 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies use them…


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Landing Your First Post-Graduation Job: 7 Practical Tips
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