You've seen it. A blog post about how hard it is for recent college graduates to get a job. An article in the newspaper (if you read those things) about how the economy is screwed and so are you if you just graduated. Or perhaps you've had that conversation at Thanksgiving with family, about how the younger generation is struggling to find a job, let alone one they like. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there and you're a feeble, sickly chihuahua if you don't do these things:
1. Optimize Your Twitter.
If you use twitter to publicize how you did a 30-second keg stand last week and your buddy Ross has the video, you're not helping yourself out. But beyond just tweeting appropriate future-employer-friendly material you should do a few things with your twitter account.
2. Rebuild Your LinkedIn.
If you don't have a LinkedIn, make one. Start connecting with people you went to school with. Past employers, family members, friends, anyone you know who has a LinkedIn. Because you know what? You NEVER know who is going to have a connection that could lead to your dream job (or just a job). Post content. Interact with connections. Add skills. One of the most important things you can do is post accurate skills you possess and then start endorsing your connections for the skills you know they possess. They will, in return, endorse you and when your future employer comes across your LinkedIn they can see you're an expert economics strategist (if that's a thing?) because your have 5 connections that endorsed your skills.
3. Stop Writing Cover Letters The Boring Way.
If you took a business writing course or some equivalent with a 65-year-old by-the-book professor who taught you how to write a cover letter, congrats! Me too! But I ignore most of it when I'm writing a cover letter. I try to be funny, informative and sensational all in three brief paragraphs. Stand out, in a good way, but make sure you're really explaining why this job is perfect for you.
4. Become A GSD Master
Being a get-shit-done person requires practice. I started doing this my senior year in college and then when I started work at HubSpot where this is policy and not just common practice. Boy does it feel good to get your stuff done and not procrastinate. If your GSD, you're going to find the right job much faster. Guaranteed. Make sure you build routines and you'll accomplish this step.
5. Start Paying Attention To The Details.
I thought as a video editor, my attention to detail was great. I was wrong. You can always review and review and review again, everything you do. Triple down on proof reading before you send anything. Run material past your parents or someone else you trust. Re-read job descriptions and make sure when you walk into the interview, you're well versed on not only why you are there but why you deserve to be there.
6. Confidence In Everything.
If you're prepped for your interaction with your future employer then you should be confident anyways. But confidence in every part of who you are and why you're the best possible candidate for the job is vital. I said confidence, and not cocky. There is a difference between discussing your achievements and value as a potential employee, and just bragging about why you're amazing.
Bottom line. If you've learn anything from this post (other than that I know a surprising little about being an economics majors) it's put in the work to find the job. This will show that you can put in the work if you get the job. The harder you work, the greater the return.