5 Tips for Entering the Workforce Post Graduation

I have to say that this post was inspired by the fact that my blog is mentioned under the 50 Resources for Students Attending Online MBA Schools on onlineschools.org.

I have to applaud those who attend schools that offer co-op/internship programs.  These experiences not only allow you to add real work skills to your resume but more than that it allows you to understand what skills matter and what qualities employers look for.

However, regardless of experience or not you need to think about a few things before graduating and entering the workforce.  Here is my check list for soon to be graduates:

1. Update your resume with you graduation date
2. Rework your resume with new keywords and an objective.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Take a look at these resume samples and my other resume tips.
3. Draft up some cover letters.
4. The most important tip of all. Start networking with your professors and advisers and ask for recommendations.
5. Create a LinkedIn account!

What did you do today?

P.S. Check out Alesia Benedict’s advice from GetInterviews.com about how much you should highlight your education section on your resume. (Alesia Benedict-Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm.):
1. Where do I put my education?
The current format for most resumes does not lead with education. In fact, it is not wise for someone with a solid career – and who recently obtained a degree – to lead with his/her education. Doing so may give the mistaken impression that your education is your strongest asset.
2. Should I include graduation or training dates?
Unless you are a recent graduate, it is not necessary to include specific dates of graduation. In fact, including dates on early degrees may actually make you vulnerable to ageism. Including dates of education and training also clutters the resume and takes up valuable space.
3. How do I handle the lack of a degree?
Including extensive training experiences can also be an attempt to over-compensate for the lack of a completed degree. Of course, a degree is an important credential, but if you don’t have one or didn’t complete all the requirements, don’t attempt to hide that fact.
4. How do I handle work gaps for education?
You can also add an educational note in the midst of your work history to explain any gaps for school-related activities. Place the note chronologically as if it were a position, exactly when it occurred.


3 thoughts on “5 Tips for Entering the Workforce Post Graduation

  1. Linda, this is great advice that should be read by all graduating seniors. As one who has interviewed people at this stage, I would like to also suggest that they read up on professional ettiquette. This will help in the interviewing process knowing how to dress and act, but also, once they are employed, they will know things like appropriate ways to email, behave in a meeting and other unwritten rules that they may not have been exposed to in their academic setting.
    Lew Sauder, Author, Consulting 101: 101 Tips For Success in Consulting (www.Consulting101Book.com)

    • Great advice, Lew! I should have added those tips in as well. I hope people read your comment. It’s very true that students, especially those who have never worked in a professional environment, don’t know how to act, dress or draft up a professional e-mail.

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