/ Asked by Margaret
I graduated in May with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Applied Statistics. Due to extenuating family circumstances spanning my freshman year through the summer after my junior year of college, I was unable to get an significant internship experience. My GPA also suffered (>2.5 but <3.0). I've been applying for any sort of entry-level business/finance/data analysis positions and I've landed a few interviews, but no job offers yet. I have a part-time job right now, so I at least have something to put on my resume post-grad, but I'd like to find a full-time job or internship that's actually relevant to my future career goals. However, full-time position I've seen requires either a higher GPA or past experience, and most internships require that applicants still be enrolled in college. Should I still apply for these positions? I DO have past experience with things like data analysis or market research via classes (term projects) but I feel like highlighting this in my cover letter hasn't been enough to overcome my low GPA and lack of internships.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I would not recommend applying for internships since you have already graduated college. Most companies will not consider graduated students unless you are currently pursuing a Masters Degree. I would recommend connecting with a contract/temp employment agency. This is a great way to get your foot in the door with top companies in the hopes to be converted to a full-time employee after you have a chance to demonstrate your work ethic and ability. I would also recommend applying for entry-level jobs that may not require a college degree. This would also be a great way to get your foot in the door and apply for positions that require more experience after you’ve been with the company for a year. You could also consider joining a trade organization or a young professional group in your area. This would be a good way to network with other professionals that may have contacts at companies that align with your career interests.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, August 21, 2014
I would definitely consider entry level roles that don’t require a college degree. Finding an opportunity to get your foot in the door and proving yourself will be key. Think about your connections. Who do you know who could refer you to entry level roles? Many companies value employee referrals. I would not recommend that you apply to internships since you have already graduated from college.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Definitely don’t get discouraged!  The job hunt takes time.  You have great skills to bring to the table that you can show beyond an internship/GPA.  I have some recommendations for you: 1) Be sure that you are applying to 30 jobs a day. This is the volume that you need to be getting interviews and eventually hired. 2) Start networking! With your own social network and utilize your college’s career services. Also join a young professionals group or Toastmasters. 3) Start tailoring your personal brand and ensure that your online brand is what you would want employers to see. I wish you all the luck in your search!
-Nell
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 5, 2014
Please do not get discouraged! The job hunt and interview process can take time. During the job search, I would encourage you to volunteer your knowledge and skills in the community. In addition to giving back, you'll also be gaining real-life work experience and can share how you applied the concepts you learned in school to solve a business problem.
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