Congratulations are in order for the twenty-nine of you who have finally done it! After Thursday, you will be the bright new owners of a shiny little piece of paper called a diploma. You put in your time, did your homework and hopefully created a few new friendships along the way.
Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment and a necessity this day-in-age for most careers—be proud of yourself for achieving this enormous goal in life and investing in a tool that’s needed to even have your resume considered for countless positions.
On Thursday, you will all take the same path to accept your diploma, you will all wear pretty much the same graduation gown, and despite a few words here and there, you will all receive the same little piece of paper that says you are college educated. So, you must ask yourself, how can I make myself stand out? If I am going up against several other people who went through the same exact career training and learned the same exact skills that I did, why should an employer hire me over them?
If you can confidently answer these two questions in an interview setting, good for you because it more than likely will be the deciding factor in getting a second interview or even the job.
Many recent college graduates think that just because they now have a diploma, a job will just be dropped in their lap—it doesn’t happen like that. It is the ambitious, self-confident, go-getter who bags a job around graduation time, and even they started their job search 6 months earlier.
On average, it takes college graduates 6-9 months of job searching before landing a job. So, if you are one of the twenty-nine students graduating Thursday and you haven’t started your job search yet, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and don’t forget to pick up your career service rep for the ride!