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Asked by Puspa on June 7, 2017

I am graduating this year with my Bachelor's in Economic with a 3.27 GPA. I am currently the Chairman of the student executive board for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions related to economics and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out? And are there roles I may not be thinking about that would relate to my Economics degree?

Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on June 9, 2017

First, congratulations on your upcoming graduation, GPA, and student leadership. Great stuff! Second, I looked up entry-level economics jobs and some of the titles I see are:  Junior Analyst, Associate Financial Analyst, and Business Analyst. The money may not be what you want but those kinds of positions will help you gain practical experience. You may also want to consider your market. Would relocating be a possibility for the right opportunity? Another consideration is an internship. Have you done one? Internships yield high success rates for students. At the end of the day, any employer wants to see evidence of on-the-job performance.

To answer your cover letter/resume question, there is only so much you can do with limited practical experience. Even if you write that you are a "fast learner," the employer is still looking for practical experience (at least in the cases you listed). You may find yourself taking an entry-level job that is not related to economics, which happens to a lot of recent grads. If that happens, take time learn how the economics of that business works. Who knows, maybe you will get an opportunity to solve a problem or two that will lead to bigger and better things. ;-)

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Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on June 12, 2017

If a job in the Economics field is where your passion lies, keep up the search! Analytical or Research roles would be a great entry into the field. Keep in mind that since you are applying for entry-level roles, the salary expectations may be lower than you are expecting. Focus on the career goals down the road and do what you love and have passion for. Don't focus on the salary and compensation at this stage in your early career. 

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Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on June 21, 2017

Jobs related to Economics:
Check out www.usajobs.gov website, from there do a search on "economics" or "analyst" or a search word that matches your career interest.  Once you receive our search results, look to the Top Filters menu on the right and select Students & Recent Graduates filter.  This is a great site for government jobs that are allocated specifically for students and recent grads. 
Also, if you have specific industries or companies that you dream of working at, check out their individual career sites and see if they have internship or entry level opportunities.  Follow them on social media too, use the info to find out when they are opening new divisions and/or locations.  Basically, for entry level jobs, don't wait for the job to be posted, keep a watchful eye on that company or that industry you love and get ready to pounce at the right time for an opportunity.  If the company of your dreams is small, start networking with the people running the place.  Sometimes small companies need to hear from you - the econ expert - that they need someone with your skill set to help them succeed.  Which reminds me, keep up with your own practice as well, be in the know so you're armed with knowledge and facts when a networking opportunity or an interview comes out of the blue. 
Resume/Cover Letter:
Your GPA and chairman roles are testament that you are not just waiting idle until graduation to take your career seriously.  Your resume and cover letter need to testify to that, so make sure your info shows results-driven information, not just tactical and clerical skills (which should be there too).  e.g. What did the board accomplish with your support and guidance.  Did you achieve any individual accomplishments and/or team accomplishments while in such role? Etc. 
My $0.02:
Finally - don't give up, ever!  The right job for you is out there.  All of those jobs that are not a good fit for either you or the other organization now are opening the path for you to find "the one" - that job that will do you and the company right.  So, glass half full is the only way to ride the job search wave otherwise you will be allowing negativity to soak up all of your accomplishments and second guess your decision making.  Stay positive, and keep on going.  Best of luck, and success, to you!

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