/ Asked by Brittani
I am obtaining my Bachelor's degree over the summer and I am nervous about entering the work force. Because of financial reasons, I've only ever worked in common part-time positions (retail, waitress, etc.) throughout my college years, and I am curious to know if this will make it hard for me to find a job after graduation? I know that many employers want their candidates to have some type of relevant work experience but if I do well during interviews do I have a chance at getting a job?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Congratulations on earning your degree!  You absolutely have a chance of obtaining a position.  The most important thing is interview preparation. First take the positions you have had and think about the many transferable skills you have perfected: time management, communication skills, problem solving and perhaps even conflict resolution skills.  Think of very specific examples where you demonstrated those skills and how important those learnings were in making you a responsible employee and how you can take those important skills and utilize them in the job you are applying.  Be sure and look at the job description for the position you are applying and make as close a connection as possible to the jobs you have had, taking into consideration all of the skills you learned.  Also, as part of the preparation,  gather as much information about the company as you can get your hands on.  That way when you interview and have the opportunity to speak about the company or ask questions you have well thought out and relevant comments/questions to the current situations the company may currently be facing or ones that directly impact the job you are applying.  This preparation will show your desire to go the extra mile and just how much you want the position.  Good Luck! 
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Great question – you must be very excited to be obtaining your degree! You absolutely have a chance at receiving a job after you graduate. You should spend some time writing down your job duties at each of your jobs. This will lead you to think about the skills that you have acquired that are transferable to future jobs. This is great exercise to do to enhance your resume when you are applying to jobs. It is important when you are applying that you tailor your resume to enhance the skills you already have that would be beneficial to the position you are applying to. Although I say tailor your resume to the job, don’t forget to be honest in your resume! Lastly, do your research. Research the companies you are applying to so you can learn the background information of the company and show you are very interested. Be prepared at your interviews with questions about the company and the position you applied for. This can go a long way!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, April 30, 2015
Way to go! Finishing your degree and working at the same time can make for a heavy load, so congratulations on your accomplishment!

I like to think about the fact that just about everything I've done from the menial tasks to the head scratching innovations has been preparing me for my next step. It has taken a culmination of experiences to get me to where I am, and I am a firm believer that it is going to take many more experiences both inside and outside my work environment to bump me up to the next level in my career.

That having been said, never underestimate the tremendous skill set it takes to succeed in the service industry. It is tough work to be a waitress, sometimes even tougher to work retail. Customers require you to have good negotiation skills, patience, a reasonable understanding of supply and demand, to be kind when people are not kind to you, to be gracious in moments of strife. I could have been listing out the skill set I would like to see in my next executive hire just as easily as it could be the list for a retail sales consultant.

Think about your experiences and be ready to paint a picture for your interviewer of how you are prepared to handle their business needs. Paint it with the vivid colors of detail and specifics on how a variety of situations were handled by you. If you are interviewing for a job that is a stretch (which I think can be an awesome experience in itself), then this process will take research, it will take time, it will take perseverance. You had what it takes to finish your degree, you will have what it takes to find a job. Now go forth and be great!
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015
You absolutely still have a chance at getting a job.  Many employers are looking for transferrable soft skills just as much, and sometimes more, than relevant work experience. Depending on the job, the actual tasks may be easily teachable making excellent communication, unique customer service and a suitable personality a much bigger win the eyes of a new employer.  Make sure your resume highlights those skills.  In your interviews use real examples from your previous jobs and make it clear to your interviewers how those skills will seamlessly transfer to their open position and organization why those skills would make you successful in the new role.
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