Life after college: It’s a wide world full of possibilities, but that possibility-filled world can also feel intimidating for the recent college graduate setting out to start their career. Whether you’re set up to interview at a Fortune 500 company or a mom-and-pop shop down the road from your Red Bank apartment, you’ll want to make the best first impression possible. Here are seven tips to help you stay focused and find success during your job hunt.
Make your job hunt your job.
Now that college is over and there are no more early-morning classes, it might be tempting to snooze your alarm clock permanently. But resist the urge! You may be unemployed, but you still have a job: Finding a job!
Each night, set a list of three tasks or goals you’d like to achieve the next day. Treat this as a “9 to 5” job. Wake up bright and early, start your search, give yourself a lunch break, and end your day at 5 p.m. You might be surprised at how much you’re able to accomplish. Getting yourself into a schedule now will not only make you more productive in your job search, it will also help you get used to the structure you’ll need as you take on full-time employment.
Get a dependable vehicle.
Nothing says, “I’m an irresponsible adult and newbie in life” like not having a reliable vehicle. You are at a time in your career when it’s no longer appropriate to get your mom to drive you around town, so a dependable set of wheels is a must — but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
For those job hunters in the Red Bank or Middletown, NJ, region, head over to Nissan World of Red Bank to save on your first car after college. We have a variety of stylish, reliable, certified pre-owned Nissan vehicles to choose from, including the Sentra and Versa, two entry-level cars that won’t break the bank. A reliable used Nissan will give you the freedom to search for a dream job without worrying about bus routes or asking to borrow your sister’s jalopy.
We also have some of the best used car specials in Red Bank, as well as an amazing College Graduate Program that allows recent grads to get bonus cash back when they choose to finance or lease a new Nissan. No hassles. No haggles. Just incredible auto loan rates, deferred payment options, and 72-month financing. Contact our Nissan Red Bank sales team at (732) 704-7860 to get started, you big shot, you.
Dress for the job you want.
This is a common saying, but it’s usually applied only to interviews or promotions. As much as you’d like your dream job to involve pajamas and fuzzy slippers, it probably doesn’t. In your case, you should wake up each day and dress like you’re about to walk out the door to your dream job.
Recent studies have shown that certain types of clothing can actually affect how well we perform tasks, giving the saying “dress for success” a whole new meaning. Don’t wait for an interview to dress up — start every day with a professional mindset and the clothes to match. No one’s expecting you to wear a suit and tie around the house, but at least dress business-casual.
Customize and polish your resume.
You may have had seven part-time jobs during high school and college, from babysitting to manual labor, but not every single one needs to be on your resume. As much as possible, curate your resume to appeal to the company you’re applying for. If it’s a position in education, your experience in childcare should absolutely be highlighted; if you want to work with an auto dealer like Nissan of Red Bank, then be sure to emphasize any projects, education, and experience in the automotive industry. Your job is to show potential employers that you are exactly what they need.
Pound the pavement.
We live in a digital society, and while it’s tempting to conduct a job search from the comfort of your own home and couch, it may not always be the best way. Do some research and find businesses in the area that are in your field of expertise, then get out and talk to them. As you meet business owners and managers face to face and with your resume in hand, show them what you have to offer. With a bit of luck and work ethic, you may end up at the top of their list when a position opens up. Don’t underestimate the power of human connection.
Communicate, communicate, communicate.
Employers with successful businesses didn’t get there by being lazy — they’re busy people, and you need to respect their time by being prompt with your communication.
Return emails, phone calls, and text messages as soon as possible, and be sure you’re following through with any instructions or requests. Unlike your college work, you won’t have assigned tasks and deadlines in a job search, but it’s wise to create those deadlines for yourself to ensure you don’t leave potential employers hanging. Ask questions if anything is unclear, and don’t be afraid to follow up if you haven’t heard anything.
“Networking” might seem like an intimidating buzzword, but the concept is probably a lot simpler than you think. Networking is just letting the people around you know more about who you are and the type of employment you’re looking for. As you network, whether in person or on a social media platform like LinkedIn, you can make connections with people you might not otherwise know about — like your aunt’s best friend’s husband who runs a nonprofit, an ex-colleague who is running their own blogging site, or a used car lot looking for sales managers — and find a variety of new job opportunities.
As you freshen up your resume, begin networking, and hit up local New Jersey businesses, be sure to check on the job opportunities available at our Red Bank Nissan dealership. We are frequently hiring honest, hard-working, and trusted car salespeople, auto service technicians, and Nissan financing team members to join our family.
Whether you want to work for one of the best car dealers near Marlboro, NJ, or simply want a cheap used car you can rely on, come to Nissan World of Red Bank. Call or visit our Red Bank car dealership at 120 Newman Springs Rd to take as many test drives as you’d like. And congratulations on your big achievement!