Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
First, congratulations on your graduation! In terms of entering into either field, I have a number of suggestions. First and foremost, I would suggest you leverage the resources available to you as an alum at Penn State’s Career Center. Many University Career Centers offer the same level of service to graduated students, as well as online access to Career Center sites, and in this case, the Nittany Lion Career Network. The Career Center can help you with your resume, cover letter, job search, etc. My second suggestion is, you can also do a lot of this work on your own. Make sure your resume is updated, if you have a LinkedIn page make sure that is updated, and begin to hone in on exactly what it is you’re looking to do. This way, you can set some filters on job search websites to begin to focus your search. I want to reiterate that you should be looking at what types of jobs you would like to do. Human Resources and Finance are two very broad fields and are inclusive of thousands of different kinds of positions. Knowing what you want to do in those two fields will help you narrow your search. This brings me to my third and final suggestion…search! No one is going to come looking for you, so you should be dedicating some time each day to setting up searches on job search websites, looking around on company pages to see what jobs in particular interest you, what jobs are available, and reaching out to contacts at those companies to learn more about open positions.