Job Search Tip

Consider the following to be a comprehensive (although not all-inclusive) listing of possible avenues for gaining further experience:

Internships/co-ops
Summer jobs
Campus jobs
Entrepreneurial/self-employed jobs
Temporary work
Volunteer work—school, church, club, not-for-profit organizations
Special projects
Research papers
Certification courses
Campus activity positions
Fraternity/sorority/social club positions
Extracurricular or sports leadership positions


Review the above list. Use it as your checklist. Don’t ever again fall into the trap of saying that you don’t have any real experience. If you haven’t experienced it yet, create it or make it happen on your own. Remember—even though we are talking about entry level positions, experience is number one on nearly every employer’s list of preferred attributes. Make sure it is also number one on your list as well.

And if it is late in the year (or already past graduation) it’s still not too late to generate real-world work experience. Temp. Volunteer. And also be sure to look back on what you have already accomplished. You may have already gained real experience that you have not fully recognized. And your future is still wide open for additional experiences. Keep it focused toward your goal and do everything within your power (and then some on top of that) to reach your goal.

---from College Grad Job Hunter, Brian Krueger