Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Hi there and congratulations! Graduating from college is a big accomplishment and a great start to kicking off your professional career. I also tip my hat to you that you are taking proactive steps to prepare yourself for what lies ahead. You have invested all this time in your education and you will need no less of an investment to figure out your next move.
To kick it off, let’s talk networking. Networking is a key ingredient to any successful job search and chances are good you are already a rock star at it. Who do you know? Friends, colleagues, faculty, peers at your internship (we’ll come back to this one), parents of your friends who work in lines of business that intrigue you…you name it and this is your network. Feeling a little light in the network department? It’s time to start talking to people you know about who you are and what you can do.
Which brings us nicely to part 2, what are the What/When/Where/Who elements of the job you seek? You can cast a wide net, but you are going to come back with a smorgasbord of possibilities that may not fit with your goals. So as much as the heat is on to find a job, take the time to figure out what you want, when you want it, where you will be working and who you will be working with. Find a good spot where you can learn about a business that truly interests you in a work culture that is a good fit for you. How will you know? Use that great network you’ve built to ask questions, do some information interviewing and spend time researching.
Last thought, so you didn’t line up an internship during the busy days of classes? No problem, there is still time. Internships are available post-graduation if you know where to look. Seek out Leadership Development Programs in your industry of choice. A lot of recruiting gets done for these types of programs in the fall, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a spot for you. It is time to get that foot in the door, so get out there and make some noise!