Congratulations on your graduation, you made it! But what now?

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

The jungle also known as the job market can be hard to navigate. What should you think about when looking for your first job? Who to ask for advice? And how can you possibly land a job without any tangible experience? I met with Leanne Jamora, to learn about how she navigated herself to a full time employment in marketing.

Leanne is from Chicago, Illinois. Last year she graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor's degree in marketing and Masters degree in Business Design and Innovation. When she graduated from her masters - she did it with a lot of hope and determination, but the first 4 months after graduation were tough and she felt pretty discouraged when looking for a job.

She sent over 200 applications to non profits, agencies, positions nationally in the US and internationally in Europe or Asia. 75% of those applications never got back to her or were never reviewed. As time passed she got more interviews which built up her confidence. Eventually she landed an interview with Northwestern University for a temporary project assistant position. From when she started in September last year, she has now advanced to working as a project coordinator of the office of alumni relations and development. Congrats and well done Leanne!! I took the opportunity to ask Leanne what she thinks one should think about when looking for a first ever employment.

When looking for a job remember to..

Network! Network Network! Find friends or a mentor that you can bounce ideas off and ask for help to keep improving on your job search. Not a friend, rather someone who knows you in a professional way. Maybe a professor or a colleague at work? Have patience and believe in yourself

Job searching can be a draining and can leave you feeling quite hopeless at times. But it is important to have patience and keep believing in yourself.

Build your self brand and sell your brand at every interview When one doesn't have the documented experience it is important to “sell yourself” and show employers the value you can provide. A way to do this is to talk about what matters to you and what you are passionate about. It doesn’t matter what position you are applying for, you need to make sure you stick to your story and your self brand and show what you are passionate about.

Stay humble and understand your value Remember to stay humble and understand that you are also contributing to their team. Think not only about what the company can do for you, make sure you think about what you can do for them and what value you can provide.

Be honest about the fact that you might not have all the answers or all the documented experience that the employer is asking for. But make sure that you let them know that you are willing to learn.

You will succeed

Understand that you will succeed - make the employer feel that you are confident and know what you want without spelling it out to them. It is like a Jedi Mind trick one should master. Stay passionate and driven. It will pay off!

Psst.. Are you struggling with what to do next on your career path?

Get in touch with the Xperienceships team here, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can :)

What are your next steps Leanne?

‘Continue at my position at Northwestern. Accumulate funds for some personal projects. I want to, together with some of my fellow graduates start a consulting firm.’ We can’t wait to see what you all come up with Leanne.

Follow the journey on Leannes instagram or connect with Leanne on LinkedIn to ask her any questions about the post graduation times.

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