When you finish your college degree, graduation is the most important day in your life. It is when you can celebrate your success in braving the challenges of your course threw at you and show to your family and friends that you made it.

Of course, now that you finished your career, it is time to think about getting your first job.

Job hunts can be very stressful, especially as a new graduate. But, here are the questions that can guide you after you graduate to help you land that dream job you want:

What do I want to do?

This is the most important part.

When thinking about your first job, you have to ask yourself what kind of job you want to do. Even if you are willing to learn new things, your employers might think you are just desperate to get a job.

Get some advice on what careers will work for you and find your purpose when taking on these careers.

You can ask for the help of your school’s career counselor or an older family member to help you find your focus when looking at job opportunities you can try.

Look at your hobbies or stuff that you are passionate about. Think about what inspires you. Work towards that direction. Match what is in your heart with the potential company’s mission and goals.

Read More: 12 Things You Can Do Today To Find Your Passion

What work experience do I have?

Every employer will look into your work experience when assessing your worth as a new employee.

In college, you can take on internships, part-time jobs and volunteering to build your work experience.

If you do not have job experience, you can showcase all the relevant skills that your chosen career. You can even cite projects and presentations you completed that is related to your skills.

Do I know the industry I want to dive into?

If you are looking for a job, you need to know everything there is to know about the industry it is involved in.

You need to know what the industry is known for, why your career is important in the industry and many more.

Read More: Top 5 of the Fastest-Growing Industries in the World

Do your research about the field’s advancements and contributions to society. You should also make some time to attend seminars talking about the improvements in the industry.

Do I have good references to help me get my chosen career?

Employers will ask their applicants for references whom they can ask about you and your qualifications.

Your references can be anyone whom you connected to in colleges such as your professors and those you worked for in your volunteer work or internship.

Identify which people can give you a good recommendation and ask them if they are ok to be your reference. You should let them know what job you are trying to apply for and ask them if they can help you out.

Read More: How To Secure Strong References Who Will Help You Land The Job

Is my resume ready?

Before you apply in any job, you should definitely make sure your resume is flawless. You need to make sure it is tailored to your chosen job and modify them if you will apply in another position.

Always check the grammar and the arrangement of these details, and make sure the information is up-to-date. When you are ready to go apply, you should do your best to distribute it key job hunting sites or to the employers.

Read More: 5 Key Things You Need To Have In Your Resume

You can also join the job pool in your school which they distribute to companies looking for new graduates.

In Other Words

Your future after college can be daunting to think about if you look at the challenges you may face when hunting for a job. But, if you prepare yourself in advance, you will be able to make things easier for you to get your dream job.

Best of luck in your job hunt!

For job hunt related articles, check them here:
Top Job Site to Hunt Down Your Dream Job in 2019
Best Ways to Prep for your Dream Job Interview
What To Do After You Get a Job Offer?

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17 replies on “What Important Questions You Need to Ask Upon Graduation

  1. All good points, Kally. One interesting thing I’ll throw on the side. Although solid qualifications are a prerequisite, sometimes I think interviewees stress too much about qualifications. When the Director of Engineering I worked with for years called you in for an interview, you’d already met qualification benchmarks. He was really wondering whether he could sit next to you for the next 5 years without blowing his brains out. I saw extremely well-qualified candidates go down because they were too cocky or otherwise made it seem that working with them would be grueling rather than uplifting. Being friendly and positive goes a long way!

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    1. Ah yes, the right attitude counts a lot! When I was a hiring manager, I placed attitude and experience way higher than qualifications because qualifications are on papers but attitude is in your character and experiences are in your head.

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    1. Totally know what you mean. I try to minimise writing about Covid stuff or if I write about it, I try to write from a different angle so it will be useful to others and not reporting from the news angle.

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  2. All important steps. It’s also a good idea to start gathering information and potential experience before and during college, but not all of us have that option. Even if it takes a while to build the steps to your dream, though, it’s worth it to have a job that you can put your heart into.

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