How to Get a Job After Graduation: A Practical, No-Nonsense Guide

Jun 25, 2015 -
“So, what are you doing next?” Such a simple question, yet so dreaded by fresh college grads everywhere. You may have built your resume through internships and made contacts through networking events -- but figuring out how to leverage those efforts into a full-time job is a whole different ballgame. Which is why a recent Hubspot article caught our attention. In her ultimate guide on how to get a job after graduation, Katie Burke discusses everything from determining a career path to applying and interviewing.

How you -- yes, YOU -- can actually get a job

Though the post is quite a behemoth (and is definitely worth a full read!), we wanted to share a few of our favorite tips here: (Click here to share these favorites.)


“This sounds incredibly obvious, but the reality is that most job seekers spend more time talking than they do listening,” says Burke. And that’s not going to help you find a job. As a freshly minted college grad, you should act like a sponge, absorbing information and advice from those around you. Take the time to talk to people in careers you’re curious about, and keep your ears open to opportunities that might be a good fit. (PS. This doesn’t just apply to job seekers. No matter where you are in your career, listening is one of the most important skills you can develop!)

Respect the process

Though getting a job may not be as difficult as it was a few years ago, it can still be a lengthy process. It’s important to accept that fact, because being impatient or trying to take shortcuts could hurt your chances of receiving an offer. Burke suggests treating “every element of the entire candidate experience like a formal interview” -- from talking to recruiters on the phone to greeting the receptionist. And don’t forget to do your research about the company and position you’re applying to. “If you expect an organization to invest in you, invest two hours to properly understand its products, people, and value proposition so you can tailor your approach and responses accordingly,” she explains.

Check your entitlement at the door

It’s no secret that people think millennials are entitled; whether it’s a fair assessment or not, it’s up to you to prove them wrong. Remember that this is your first job. Though people above you may be doing far more interesting and exciting things, they probably started where you are now. Keep that in mind, and avoid acting like tasks are “beneath” you. “Companies need incredible, brilliant, insightful people who will be future leaders in the organization,” says Burke. “But they also need people willing to do hard work, especially when it’s inconvenient, unglamorous, or tedious.” Did you recently graduate? So… what are you doing next? Read Burke’s full guide over at HubSpot. Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure.