You’ve gone through extensive proofreading of your resume, rehashed your cover letters multiple times and added polish your LinkedIn profile. But you’re still frustrated by the lack of callbacks and interview opportunities from the prospective employers you’ve applied to. Sometimes it takes more than a clean presentation to be appealing to a recruiter. If you find yourself struggling to land interviews, try out some of these methods to get your foot in the door.
Companies want to hire graduates that have not just professional experience, but social experience as well. There are an abundance of on-campus and off-campus organizations that can match your career track or area of interest. Volunteering your time to work with them adds great padding to your resume and gives you valuable experience and knowledge about the working world. Additionally, some of the people in the organization may be employed at a company you’re looking to work for and could help get your resume on the right desk.
Connect with alumni and former colleagues
Don’t underestimate the power of your soon-to-be alma mater. Your alumni office provides adequate resources to network with alumni from your university. Often, they are working full-time or have connections to recruiters which can be used to your advantage. Offer to meet them for lunch or drinks to discuss lift after college and what goals you have in mind for yourself. You’d be surprised how willing they are to lend you a hand. Additionally, get in touch with past coworkers. While alumni can put in a good word, previous colleagues have seen you in action before and know the value you can bring to a business. They can be your best help option when searching for a full-time job.
Commit to follow-ups
It’s hard to conduct follow up phone calls and emails because it can make you feel like a pest. But while recruiters and hiring managers may have busy schedules, they take note of the individuals that are vigilant in pursuing employment at their company. You don’t need to call every day to check on your candidacy – that’s how you become a burden. Instead, wait two or three days after contact to get in touch with them. A brief, friendly email or voicemail is all you’ll need to keep your name in their minds when they’re considering who to hire.
Work a part-time job
It’s a means to an end. Take a part time job doing almost anything and you can increase your chances of landing a full-time position upon graduation. It may not seem like working 25 hours a week for minimum wage is ideal, but prospective employers will admire the fact that you put in the effort to remain employed while still going to school. Long gaps in jobs are red flags to recruiters, as it makes it look like you weren’t putting in the effort to stay employed. Since you’re trying to sell your ability to positively contribute to the company’s success, not working for six to eight months is detrimental to your cause.
Landing internships or full-time jobs can be a frustrating process, but you shouldn’t let it get to you. You know your strengths and weaknesses and how to appropriately market yourself to a manager. Put your knowledge to the test and keep these tips in mind – neither of them will steer you wrong.