How Recent Grads Can Separate Themselves From the Pack

February 24, 2014

Career Advice

GraduateSpring is right around the corner, which means graduation is 0h-so-close. For upcoming graduates, this is the most exciting part of their lives. There’s just one thing missing — a job offer. Luckily, we’ve gathered a few top tips will help graduates stand out during the application process.

Step 1: Start Applying Now.
Don’t wait until you have a degree in hand. Get that resume out there and you’ll be a few steps ahead of the bunch. It will be easier to make a big first impression when there is less competition.

Step 2: Use Keywords.
Every cover letter and resume should be tailored to every position. Scour the job description for important key words and sprinkle them throughout all of your correspondence with this company. Don’t leave anything up to the imagination — tell them that you’re the perfect fit!

Step 3: Keep it Clean Online.
Your LinkedIn profile is probably already in tip-top shape so now it’s time to move onto your other presences. Lock up your Facebook profile, delete any inappropriate tweets, and start painting the picture of perfection moving forward.

Step 4: Prepare Yourself.
Even if you haven’t landed that elusive interview yet, start practicing common interview questions. Break down your elevator pitch. Get yourself a well-fitting suit. Then, when the calls do start rolling in, you’ll be calm, collected, and cool.

Looking for more advice? Read our resume tips for recent grads.

Image via Jenn Schott Knudsen/Flickr

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