/ Asked by Zainab
Hello all. I am a rising accounting - finance senior at a private university who plans on grafuating in december. While I have a relatively low gpa (still above 3.0) and lack internship experience, I am knowlegable in many fields (english, finance, marketing, writing, languages) that would make me viable candidate for a job. Any advice on how to narrow my job search as far as slecting a field and combining my niches in such a way that will will be advantageous to my early graduation date?
Answered by Michele, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hello and congratulations on your pending graduation!  It sounds like you have been involved in multiple fields which is great!  I would offer this advice as you begin your job search:
Research the company that you are applying to and be sure it is a quality organization!  The first experience out of college is important, and the quality of training even more so.  Make sure you are interviewing with companies that can provide a strong foundation of training, and a strong path of advancement and opportunity.
Know how to sell yourself!  While the GPA and internship experiences are very important, they can never replace those 'intangible' qualities that are unique to you. Know what qualities are important to the company and capitalize on those skills.  These are things like motivation, ambition, perseverance, trainability, etc.  Hiring managers cannot teach these qualities.
Best of luck to you as you complete your degree!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 20, 2014
With multiple career paths you can pursue, it is important to figure out which one will provide you with the best combination of things you want from a career (ex. compensation, flexibility, happiness, etc.).  The best way to figure this out is to talk to people who either are currently in that field or who have been previously.  You could start by engaging with the alumni association from your school to see if they can connect you with people who have walked in your shoes.  Second, utilize professional networking tools such as LinkedIn, and once there, search for and join groups that are in some way connected to your potential career paths.  Within these groups you can, as you have done here, post questions to the group to get advice and potentially connect with them to have a one-on-one conversation about career options.
Answered by Desiree, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, June 23, 2014
It depends on how you are performing your searches. From my experience and how I see the trend nowadays, networking is everything. Focus on one social media channel for example.  I would go first of all to LinkedIn, if you have already opened an account, try to be active. Join groups related to your experience, educational background and why not, the company or companies you would like to target. Engage in conversations let people know about your skills and your availabilities and at the same time absorb anything that can nurture your experience.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, July 3, 2014
It’s great that you have gained knowledge over the course of your college career in many business related fields. When it comes to searching for a job, I would recommend narrowing your search to one or two functions of interest, for example, accounting and finance and also doing some research on companies of interest to see what jobs they have available for new college graduates. Even though you lack internship experience, highlight items on your resume that are related to the jobs you are pursuing or any leadership experience you may have had during your college career to attract the attention of a recruiter when they are looking through resumes. Good luck!
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