Your First Job Isn’t Your Forever Job

By: Lauren Haag, Account Executive for What’sPoppin

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When I was growing up, I used to dream about working for a Fortune 500 company one day. Don’t get me wrong, that is still my ultimate goal. However, I have come to the realization that it may be a longer process than I had originally planned and that is okay.

Now that I am a senior in college, the pressure to graduate with an impressive job and move away from home into a beautiful city is very overwhelming. With each passing day I see more and more of my friends and peers posting about their exciting new job opportunity.

If you are in the same situation that I am, you can understand the pain. Trying to balance academics, school commitments, internships, social life, AND apply for jobs is exhausting. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t get discouraged because looking for a job is like a full-time job. Graduating without a job is not the end of the world, and in hindsight it may even allow you to find a better opportunity down the road.

We also have been guilty of sending out resumes and cover letters as quickly as possible, with the hope that this may help us to beat out the competition, but it won’t. Your resume will be sent to an automated system that will filter you out depending if you meet the qualifications or not. So where do you go from here? The answer is networking.

The only way to ensure that your resume is personally received is if you have a contact within the company. Take the time to seriously network with professionals and get a better understanding on their job responsibilities. This may require more work, but the end result will be worth it.

I understand having a job secured after college is very crucial for some. However, it doesn’t need to be the “perfect” job. Don’t be afraid to apply for a lower paying job or even a post-graduation internship. Nowadays, internships are the gateway into many corporate companies.

If your favorite company never calls you for an interview and if your first job isn’t what you envisioned–don’t get discouraged. Your first job is not forever. It is just a stepping stone in acquiring that dream position you always wanted.

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