How to Land Your First Job Out of College

College is coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking about what’s next. And by what’s next, we mean the job hunt. You may be feeling mixed emotions, from excitement to anxiety. We’re here to help you prepare and land your first job out of college.

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Keep Your Resume Up-To-Date

Keeping your resume up-to-date is very important. Follow these insights and recommendations from our U-Haul recruiters:

  • Have a standard format
  • Be flexible to edit/change information when necessary, depending on the job you’re applying for
  • Mirror your resume with words that are reflected in the job description
  • Do not falsify information

When you master the perfect resume, you’ll be one step closer to landing a job out of college.

Be Active on LinkedIn

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, it’s time to get one. This is one critical way to help you acquire a job. Not only will you be able to actively apply for jobs on the sit, you can also start networking with potential employers and recruiters. Companies like U-Haul itself actively post jobs and look for candidates just as much as candidates look for them.

Also, make sure to build credibility on your profile. You can do this by having previous employers and colleagues write recommendations. This is one important way to help your profile stand out.

Build Your Network

Not only can you build your network online, you can do it in person as well. Attend networking events in your field of interest. Many of these events can be found online through social media, such as Facebook groups. You may also find direct hiring events through your network.  

Landing Your First Job Out of College

Develop A Professional Website

Creating a portfolio will allow you to display your work to potential employers. Good things to include would be:

  • Projects
  • Writing samples

Once you have created your website, be sure to include it on your resume.

Being Conscious on Social Media

When it comes to social media, employers are looking. A good rule of thumb to follow is don’t say it online if you wouldn’t say it in person. Be conscious of what you’re posting because this can really affect a potential opportunity with a company.

Stay Positive

Rejection happens but it’s how you handle it that matters. If you receive a rejection email from a job, don’t let it discourage you. Instead, keep applying and the right one will come along.

Finally, now that you know all the top tips, you’re well on your way to landing a job out of college. Once you land the job you want, the next step may be preparing to relocate. We’ll give you all the tips here. If you’re interested in applying for a job at U-Haul, make sure to visit our website. Good luck with your job hunt!