How to Land Your Dream Job After Graduation: 4 Simple Steps

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It is essential to keep in mind that while finding your "dream job" may take hard work, it is not impossible. In some cases, if you start working on what you want to do in the industry you are looking into before you graduate, you are likely to land a job within your field after graduation. 

Four simple but essential steps to take when landing your dream job:

1. Internships

It may seem old-fashioned, but internships still exist and are still effective in landing your dream job one day. When looking for an internship, be sure you are looking for a job posting that will adapt to your schedule and where you feel you will get the most out of your time there. In the past, most internships did not compensate you for your work, but companies now are willing to pay you for your efforts in learning this new career path. 

If you are looking for a paid internship, please note that you may have to find a full-time position to receive compensation. Most part-time internships do not compensate you for your time, but the skills and experience you will receive are worth every penny. 

Sometimes volunteering can make a difference. This is perfect for students looking for something while working full-time jobs or being full-time parents and going to school. Having work experience in the field you pursue can give you an advantage over your competition and make you stand out to the hiring managers.  

2. Do your Research

You should ask yourself what a day would be like for you if you were in a specific profession. Will you need to focus on getting certified or continue educating yourself on a certain topic? Job sites are great for providing job seekers with information about what is required for a particular job in your industry and what experience and education you need to land the job you want. Indeed ranks as one of the top search engines to provide updated information regarding future job positions. 

It is good to find these resources and continue educating yourself in your field. If you are looking for a position in business, you will want to see what experience is required to achieve this position and the educational background you need.

3. Conduct a Professional Interview


When looking for a job after graduation, you will need to know how to interview effectively. It can be intimidating if you have not practiced interviewing while in school. One effective way to gain experience in interviews and determine if you will like the field you are going into is to conduct professional interviews. 

Professional interviews examine leaders' day-to-day tasks and the qualities they have produced over the years in their position. Before you go to these interviews, it is customary to have about ten questions you can ask and take notes on. Also, it is a great way to network and know what you will be doing after you graduate.

4. Start Working on Your Resume

After you've done your research, conducted professional interviews, and found a couple of internships you're interested in. Now, start enhancing your resume and cover letter. Tell your potential employer how much work you have done to get to where you are and what you will do if they choose you. The more time you put into your resume, the more likely you will land your dream job.

Finally, pray that God will give you direction and the ability to learn with a humble heart. It is not impossible to get a job that you know you will enjoy or change your life for the better. It will take work, but it will be well worth it.

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:2 (English Standard Version)

What Can CCU Do For You?

CCU has many resources that can prepare you for landing your dream job. The first step is to speak to an enrollment counselor. CCU enrollment counselors are highly trained and experienced in helping you pursue your dreams. Click the link and an enrollment counselor will call you today!

 

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