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How to get a job right out of college.

How to get a job straight out of college or university by doing some simple things. Networking, good relations with professors, having good grades and more.

By the final year of their college, most students are frantically looking for jobs and sending out dozens if not hundreds of resumes to different companies. While sending resumes for jobs found on internet sites and other job forums is one way to find a job, it is not the only one.

One of the most effective way to find a job is through the good old networking. But one would wonder. How do you network? How do you talk to companies if they have not invited you? How do you even get a chance to network when most company events are full of people and competition is super high.

For many fields, while college grades are important, they are not the only thing that can help you get a job. As the saying goes, Grades make you "qualified," connections get you the job, and your knowledge keeps you the job. You are not expected to know much right out of college, so the effort you show when you are hired helps you keep your job.

Good grades put you into a particular pool of people with similar good grades. Getting the job favors those that network and consider virtually everyone they meet a potential professional connection.

One way to network right in college is to keep good relationships with your professors. They have connections, they can get you Teaching Assistant gigs, they can get you letters of recommendation and can also lead you to job opportunities that are not advertised elsewhere. Get to know your professors, sit at the front every class, go to office hours. If your professor knows you and sees that you are trying and asking questions, they are more likely to help you out.

Another way to network and help you find possible job opportunities is to attend Study groups where you get to meet other students who are trying to do the same things you are doing. They may have some connections and during your conversations with them, you will get to learn things that you did not know before.

Keeping your grades as high as possible is also a great way to help you get a good job opportunity. The whole 'who you know, not what you know' is true to a very limited extent, of course you need social skills to go far but that's only the icing on the cake. If you're at the top of your class, you don't have to find great employers, they'll find you.

For some fields, networking may play a big role in getting you a job, but in some fields like medicine, you need the grades to get into the school, and then from there you will be able to follow the career path into a job. You will need to do some sort of networking in any job, but anything to do with academics and universities like Ph.D, MD, and most professional degree programs, you need your GPA first, without it you have little hope. Networking comes after you secure your spot in these schools, outside of your volunteer/lab work.

Your good grades can also help you in networking. Some students get excellent job offers right out of undergrad because the president of the company held an invitation-only dinner for the top 10% of the department. An interview is scheduled that ends up being little more than a formality. The students are hired on the spot. So your good grades get you to those dinners/events where the employers that matter are looking for the future employees that have shown their competence, already, as a student.

Before you leave college, Make sure you utilize the Job Placement / Career Services at your university. Take a look at what career fairs are available and get help from the tutoring center on your resume. These college resources can help you land a very nice job placement.


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