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Here’s how to stop panicking and find a job
after graduation
How to get through all of your “I don’t have a job yet” freakouts after graduating college.
Elana Lyn Gross, Monster contributor
Congratulations. After 17 years of school,
you’ve graduated and you’re finally
entering the so-called “real world.” (Because
apparently where you’ve been living isn’t
real?) Semantics aside, it’s time to find a
job so you can pay for all those “real world”
bills. Welcome to life after college.
If you haven’t interned or worked part-time
or summer jobs before, this might be the
very first time you write your resume, go
on job interviews, and sell yourself as the
perfect hire. Just a little scary, right?
But don’t panic, because there’s one thing
we can promise you: You can find a job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the unemployment rate for college
graduates in March 2018 was 2.2%—that
means 97.8% of college graduates find
employment.
You can be one of them—it just takes a few
steps (and isn’t nearly as hard as trying to
hit 10,000 on a FitBit, promise.)
Here’s your guide to handling every lifeafter-college freakout and landing your
first job.
You’re freaking out because: You don’t
have any experience
How to chill out: First of all, don’t worry
about not having a ton of experience.
Hiring managers aren’t expecting you to
have four years of experience, multiple
awards and accolades, and a Nobel Peace
Prize right after graduation. In fact, only
44% of the respondents to our recent
survey had work experience prior to
graduation.
They just want to see that you have what it
takes to be successful.
You can show that even if you haven’t had
internships, part-time jobs, or summer
jobs. Share what you’ve learned from your
extracurriculars and your education.
Instead of listing all 20 of the

extracurriculars you were involved in or
went to once or twice, share the ones
where you took on leadership positions,
achieved something, or learned relevant
skills.

Remember how clean your apartment was
during finals week?
Stop procrastinating, seriously. We’ve made
it easy for you.

Margie Stewart, assistant director of
the Career Center-Employer Relations
at Missouri State University, says to
decide which ones to choose by asking
yourself what you learned and what you
accomplished. If all you did was show up
for the free pizza (because, let’s be honest,
we’ve all done that), don’t include it.

Just download the Monster app. Search our
database of millions of jobs by setting your
preferences, including the location, post
date, and salary range.

You’re freaking out because: You
applied to some jobs but haven’t heard
anything!
How to chill out: You don’t have to have
studied astronomy to get past the black
hole of applying to online jobs. We’ll let you
in on the secret to successfully applying
online: It’s all about keywords.

See a job you like? This next part should
feel familiar. Just swipe right like you do on
your fave dating app. We keep all of your
convos with companies organized and you
can message them right from the app.

When you apply online, hiring managers
can search through all of the applications
they get (and there could be hundreds) for
the phrases and skills they want to see like
“engineering” or “coding.”
Okay, but how do you know what “magic
words” are being searched? Here’s another
secret: It’s not a mystery like which roomie
kept stealing your snacks. The answers are
in the job description.
“Spend time reading the job posting and
tailor your application materials to each
position you apply for,” says Dr. Andrew
Quagliata, a lecturer in management
communication at the Cornell School of
Hotel Administration. Use some of the
keywords that are in the job description so
your resume gets seen.
You’re freaking out because: You
haven’t applied to one job
How to chill out: It’s easy to procrastinate
when you’re anxious about doing
something...or just don’t want to do it.

Before you apply to any jobs, be sure to
upload your resume (you can also do that
on your laptop if you’re more comfortable
that way.)

Oh and did we mention it’s free?!
You’re freaking out because: You’re
terrified of interviews
How to chill out: Once again, you’re not
alone. The key here is to prepare in advance
and to practice interviewing. Brush up on
common job interview questions.
If you’re extra anxious, check out what to
wear to a job interview, what to bring to
a job interview, and how to decrease job
interview anxiety.
Anne Brackett, chief engagement officer at
career-coaching firm Strengths University
recommends asking a friend, career expert,
or someone you know who regularly hires
people to do mock interviews with you.
“A good coach can help you improve your
answers, feel more confident, and make
sure you’re selling the best of yourself,”
she adds.
Ask the person interviewing you to
be critical and to ask tough follow-up
questions that you might not be expecting.
You want to know what it’s like if you don’t
get good vibes from your interviewer.

You’re freaking out because: You don’t
know what your career path is
How to chill out: Does anyone really have
it all “figured out” right after graduation?
OK maybe like 1%, but even they might be
faking it.
It often seems like everyone knows their
ideal career path and that you should too.
Or maybe you know exactly what you
want, but you’re nowhere near getting your
ultimate job.
“Think of your first job as an experiment,
not a lifelong commitment to a field,
position, or company,” says career coach
Jennifer Davis. See this first job as part of
the discovery process, or as an experiment,
to see what you like and don’t like. “Good,
bad or something in between, each job
will provide data and teach you something.
It’s truly a no-lose situation, because even
if it ends up being the kind of job you’d
never want again, that’s some great data,”
she adds.
And you might be one swipe away from
the right job for right now. But you’ll never
know unless you get started.
You’re freaking out because: Your
resume isn’t done
How to chill out: Sure, writing your first
resume can be overwhelming. You’re
asking yourself, what should it look like?

Where do I start?
Okay, first things first. There are five critical
parts of a resume: contact information,
career summary, skills, work experience,
and education.
Organize each section chronologically,
starting with the most recent event and,
where it’s relevant, include the organization
name, your title, the dates of employment
or membership, and the city and state.
For education, include your college or
university name, your degree, your major
and minor, any honors like cum laude, and
your main GPA or major GPA if either were
above a 3.0, and the city and state.
Pay attention to the details. You don’t
want to imply that you are detail oriented
then say that you graduated summa corn
laude—ask someone else to review your
resume and give you feedback before you
start applying to jobs. Want some help with
that? Get a free resume evaluation today
from the experts at Monster’s Resume
Writing Service. You’ll get detailed feedback
in two business days, including a review of
your resume’s appearance and content, and
a prediction of a recruiter’s first impression.
Think of it as a metaphorical crystal ball to
tell you what hiring managers will think of
your resume. Now use these tips to go get
your first post-grad job.

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