How to Get a Good Job After College- 3 Easy Steps
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Man, college is expensive! Not until I first started seeing bill statements. On top of that, college students have other bills to pay, groceries to buy, insurance, and a multitude of other expenses to cover now that we are away from our family. All in all, being in college costs a lot of money and the only way to cover those costs is to have a good job.
Currently I’m not working, but I’m in the job hunting phase, so I thought it would be fitting to write an article about how to find a job when you’re in college. Here are three easy steps to get a job and to start making money.
1. Look at all of your options
For the most part, whenever someone thinks of a job, the first thing that comes to mind is a place that you have to drive and work in a store of some sort. While most jobs are of that nature, that isn’t the only option you have for employment as a college student.
Often times the university you attend will have campus job fairs at the beginning of each semester promoting jobs on campus. A college is just like any other business, so they need to have lots of employees. Most universities will hire college students for about every position you can think of.
I know people that work in an advising office, the student center, the dining hall, and the library.But if you don’t want to go an office then another great way to make money is to work online! As crazy as it sounds, you can actually work online and make enough money to live off of! In this scenario you can sit in the comfort of your dorm room and write about your favorite hobbies and activities and make money at the same time!
Finally, you can always find a job at a traditional storefront. In college town, there has to be stores, restaurants, and businesses. All of these places, for the most part, hire college students. Anymore, it is super easy to apply somewhere. Most stores will have applications online so you don’t have to work very hard to apply to many different places.
I also suggest talking to friends and classmates to find out where they work. It is always good to have insight on what employers are looking for and what they might ask in an interview. Also, its always more fun to work with someone you know!
2. Search for things you enjoy
One of the hardest things about working, at least for me, is being excited about working. If you aren’t excited and don’t enjoy what you do, working is going to be absolute torture. So, when you are first looking for jobs, take in consideration what you enjoy. For me, I love the outdoors, sports, and talking to people, so I thought working in travel sector would be a nice fit. I suggest listing out a few of your main interests and then look into your community for jobs that would pair with your interests well. You will enjoy working so much more if you enjoy what you do for your job.
I suggest looking into positions that are related to your major. So if you are in exercise science, look for a training position at a high school, or if you are studying to become a nurse, look for jobs in retirement homes or hospitals.
In college you kind of have to make money, so why not get a job that allows you to enjoy what you do and rake in some bank at the same time? I highly advise taking the extra time to search for a position that would suit you well. Otherwise, you will have a tough time being motivated to go to work to make the money that you so desperately need.
3. Make connections and apply
Once you have decided what form of employment you are interested in, get out there and apply! Even if you don’t get a position, you are still meeting people and getting your name out in the job field. One of the biggest parts to finding a good job is to make connections with people. For example, if you have a friend that works in a bank and you are interested in customer service, talk to them to figure out how and where they can apply and then you can have a reference from an employee.
Break out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to people; you would be surprised at how much one small connection can make a difference in the application and interviewing process of job searching.
I hope these steps were useful in some way as you are searching for a job. It isn’t an easy process, but the work you put into it sure does make a difference when you are able to land a job that pays well and is something you enjoy at the same time.
If you have any questions or other suggestions/tips, please feel free to comment below! I would love to answer questions and hear other strategies. Good luck on your job search!