And just like that, your years of college are coming to a close. Like everyone says, time sure does go by fast. While graduation may be a little different this year, there are still so many things to look forward to when entering the next chapter of your life and taking that big step into what the future has in store for you. Here are some words of advice I wish I was given after graduating college and entering the workforce.
Keep your job search organized. There are so many different job search platforms nowadays it can be easy to submit an application to any open position that you come across. It is important to keep a list of the companies and positions that you are applying for. This way you can take the time to research the company and the position. It is important to have a good understanding of what you could potentially be interviewing for. This will help with interview preparation and allow you to stand out from other job seekers.
Pick up your phone and call. Calling a company will create more of a lasting impression on a hiring manager rather than emailing back and forth. Make yourself known and create that relationship early on. While email is a very effective way to communicate with companies, it is just as easy to pick up your phone and have that conversation as well. The effective communication you create over the phone with someone will show off your personality and make you memorable.
Don’t forget to follow up. It is important to check in with companies regarding your application status. If you haven’t heard back in a while, don’t be afraid to reach out. This shows that you are determined and dedicated to your job search.
Develop a routine and stick to it. Once you are a part of the workforce, it is important to stick to a routine. It can be quite an adjustment when going from having one or two college classes a day to working an eight to five job 40 hours a week. Find a way to keep everything with work organized, but also prioritize making time for yourself outside of work hours. Try cooking a new meal for dinner after work, pick up a new hobby, or spend some quality time with friends and family.
Get to know your colleagues and don’t be afraid to ask for help. One of my favorite things about working for Celebrity Staff is how close I’ve gotten with my colleagues. I look forward to going into work. Since COVID-19 has caused us to work remotely, I’m anxiously waiting until we can be back together in the office again. I reach out to my colleagues every day with questions I have regarding work. If you are stuck on something with work, reach out to someone for help. Having someone walk you through a new task is a great learning experience. This will make your work day more productive instead of being stuck on one task because you are reluctant to ask for assistance. Trust me; your teammates will be there to help!
Congratulations on taking that next big step into your future. These little words of advice are something to consider while searching for your career and becoming a part of the workforce. Transitioning from college to a full-time job can be tough, but these are steps you can take to ensure you adapt well to the next chapter in your life.
Maddie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2019 with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She started working for Celebrity Staff in January 2020 as a Staffing Assistant. Maddie’s favorite thing about working for Celebrity Staff is the constant support and help she receives every day from her colleagues. She has enjoyed being able to learn new skills and grow professionally since beginning her role. Outside of the office Maddie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and traveling to new places around the world.