The next step after college?

Posted by Brooke / on 08/28/2012 / 3 Comments

My college graduation was one of the happiest days of my life. Although, the next morning I woke up in my bed thinking: "What's next?". As many of you have heard from your own experiences or from others, it is not that simply to land a job in today's society. As of today, I am still on the job search. I am writing this post this morning to see if anyone has any advice for a recent college graduate with a degree in English. So many questions race through my head as I wonder why no one has hired me yet: -What type of companies look for someone with an English degree? -What can I do to prove to companies that even though I don't have 5+ years of experience, I am qualified? -Where can I find legitimate websites that display job openings? I have so many unanswered questions! Does anyone have any advice, personal experiences, or references they can help me with? Thank you!!!

 

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  • Charlee says:

    Hi Brooke. First, congrats on finishing your degree!! A few things I'd recommend doing to beef up your resume is to create a portfolio of your work; writing samples, projects you've worked on, anything that showcases your skills and make you look more employable. Create a free website only and post your work there. You can then add that link to your resume. If you don't have much experience, try volunteering. Anything that will create work experience that you can put on a resume and bonus if you can get recommendations from it. Network with others in the industry (I'm sure you're going that). I used Indeed.com for my job searches. Also, look into staffing companies. I'm currently working with Profiles and they cater to creatives like us. Good luck!

    August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM | Permalink

  • Tracy says:

    Brooke,

    I was very much in the same spot a few years ago. Here's a post I wrote at the time: http://www.marketingtrenches.com/marketing-careers/how-social-media-can-get-you-a-job/. Seriously, the tips there worked for me. Start doing something to show your skills publicly (you're an English major, I assume you can write), like creating and maintaining a blog. Also, look for short-term and contracting jobs, even if they're not 100% of what you want. Getting SOME sort of experience beyond internships is very valuable. And most of all, don't panic. As soon as you get one job offer, you'll get three.

    Now, I prefer making my own job, but the time I spent working for someone else was very valuable!

    You can also send your resume and 3 writing samples to me at tracycgold@gmail.com--I can see if I can land you any short-term gigs to build your resume.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

  • Kate says:

    Hi Brooke,
    I agree completely with the above suggestions, and wanted to add that one of the great thing about getting involved and chasing after short-term opportunities and freelance/pro-bono gigs and volunteering - is you get the chance to build you brand! That way employers will get to know you in a truer sense, want to call you in, and feel they are getting someone who is a go-getter to better expand and excite their company with youthful energy.
    It is certainly hard out there and I completely relate - fresh out of college I took a job out of my field for 6months until landing a design one in advertising and it was a great experience. Even created for some wonderful recommendations when I did make a change, and lasting friendships.
    Have an end goal, be open to new things, and never lose hope! Good luck!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

 

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