/ Asked by olamide
What are the most important steps to securing a job after a bachelors degree?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
There are a few things you can do to help build a strong resume while in college to help make securing a full-time job easier upon graduation. It is important to gain as much real world work experience as possible. During your junior year, I would encourage you to begin looking for internships. If possible, I’d try to gain internship experience during your junior and senior year. It’s important to have work experience to not only build your resume but also have a better understanding of the type of role you would have in your job field to ensure you are on the right career path. Some employers look to their interns to fill full-time positions so this is also a great way to secure a job prior to graduation. In addition, it’s important to have involvement in campus organizations or in the community. If you can hold a leadership position within an organization, that will look even better on your resume. Good luck completing your Bachelor’s degree!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The biggest piece of advice, like Ashley said, is to gain as much real world work experience as possible. In your junior and senior years of college it is important to hold an internship in a field of work you are interested in. This will allow you to find out if this type of work interests you and it also allows you to network with professionals. Another piece of advice I would give you would be to engage with career services at your school. They are a great resource to inquire about internships and full-time jobs. Career Services is known to have contacts at multiple different businesses that are looking for interns and full-time hires after the students graduate. Good luck with completing your Bachelor’s degree and your job search after college!
Answered by Desiree, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I completely agree with what John and Ashley suggested but along with the extracurricular activities on campus, searching for real life experience during your Junior and Senior year, landing internships that will hopefully develop into great job opportunities, never ever forget to network, network and network during the process.
Be part of LinkedIn professional network and join groups. Search for alumni groups, companies within your career or area, your interest, or even career groups nationwide and get a glance of what is out there. What is posted, what is expected and how people are communicating.
Make yourself visible at all times. This will definitely be a strong component on your strategy.
Best of luck on your searches!!!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 24, 2014
One of the best things that you can do is to pursue internships while you are in school or during the summer.  Most internships are paid now so this could help you gain experience, but also help to finance your education.  Having as much practical experience as you can is critical to obtaining a job after graduation.  Secondly, develop your leadership skills.  This is most commonly done through volunteer activities.  There are number of activities for which you can volunteer, either on campus, in the community, through church, or through an organization that you belong to.  Seek out leadership opportunties in these volunteer activities and list them prominently on your resume.  Often times, a candidate's leadership skills are what differentiates them from another candidate.
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