How to Get Hired as a New Grad with Little Experience

 

After graduating college, it can feel like the job search is a catch-22. No one will hire you without experience, but you won’t have any experience until someone hires you. 

 

Despite these feelings of self-defeat, it is possible to earn an entry level position shortly after graduation. Below are three simple steps to getting hired as a new grad with little experience.

 

Continue Learning

 

After completing the final semester of your undergraduate career, you may feel the urge to check out of learning mode. Nothing is worse for your career than assuming your education is over. On the contrary, the time after graduation should be a dense period of hands-on learning in your desired industry.

 

Continuing your education beyond the classroom is the best way to gain the experience employers look for in new candidates. During this period, you should volunteer, take low-paying internships, and work on personal projects. Any sort of hands-on experience will show companies you mean business.

 

It may also prove beneficial to earn an additional online degree. Online curriculums tend to focus more on skills than theory. If you are in a tech related industry, adding one of these degrees to your resume could set you apart from other recent graduates. Following the most popular blogs in your industry is another way to stay ahead of the curve.

 

Optimize Your Resume

 

Writing an excellent resume is one of the most important parts of any job search. A strong resume is your ticket to a job interview. While it’s crucial to revise your resume to the point of grammatical perfection, a few other tips will help it stand out further: 

 

• As a recent graduate, your resume should fit on a single page. For this to work, you may need to adjust the margins in your word processor. Submitting one dense page makes you look more experienced.

 

• It’s also important to make a template of your resume that can be personalized for every application. First, look for keywords in the advertisements of the jobs that interest you. Find a way to sprinkle those keywords into your resume. This will help you impress hiring managers and get past automated resume filters.

 

• Finally, be sure to properly showcase the new skills you’ve acquired since graduation. Don’t be embarrassed to draw attention to your volunteer work or personal projects. These endeavors show your passion to keep developing new skills.

 

Network

 

Skills and resumes are important, but knowing the right person is often the key to landing a job. All too often, the strongest candidate for a job finishes behind a friend of the hiring manager. Networking is the best way to make friends in important places.

 

Networking is often portrayed as a daunting task, but its bad reputation is largely outdated. The internet has made the whole process much easier than it used to be. You can start networking right now on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media services. There’s nothing wrong with using social media to politely reach out to professionals in your field whom you may be a friend of a friend.

 

Meetups are another great venue to meet professionals. These events are scheduled online and are popular in urban areas. Striking up a conversation with someone at a meetup has potential to open all kinds of doors. Just make sure — in person and online — to be sincere in your efforts. People will notice if you’re only using them for a job.

 

The time after graduation is a time for continued learning, resume optimization, and networking. These three steps will help you to overcome your lack of experience. Though the job search can sometimes feel hopeless, the beginning of a new career is right around the corner.

 

BY: Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.