You earned your degree, and now it’s time for your next hurdle – starting your career! We asked Carrie, Medix’s Senior Corporate Recruiter, some questions to help recent grads position themselves to obtain their entry-level job. Here is what she had to say:
Should I put my GPA on my resume?
“If your GPA is above a 3.0, yes.”
Should I mention my part-time job throughout high school and/or college?
“For high school jobs, that truly depends on the length of employment and the types of roles you were in. For example, if you had six part-time jobs in four years at high school, I would only note the most recent.
Your college jobs should absolutely go on your resume! This shows employers that you were able to handle your course load, activities, social life and work life. This speaks loudly to your ability to multitask and push yourself to do and want more.”
How can I get connected with more professionals in my industry for job prospects?
“Connect with your school’s career services team. They are a great asset and can really assist you in meeting career partners. I would also recommend reaching out to alumni from your school and clubs. You have an ‘in’ with these people due to that commonality, and you can use that as a springboard to get to know more about the business world and future career prospects!”
How can I make up for my lack of professional experience?
“Internships are great, but can be hard to find, so make sure to really get involved in clubs and activities inside and outside school. Employers love looking at collegiate resumes that have more than just your educational background. We want to know that you put yourself into leadership positions and team settings. Never underestimate the value of involvement.”
What is the number one thing you’d like all new grads to remember when job searching?
“One thing that most entry-level candidates fail to do is really figure out what they want out of a career. I would say that this happens in 99 percent of initial calls I make to candidates. This covers all majors, as well. Recent grads tend to open themselves up to ‘anything’ and relate what they want in a career to what they want in a company to work for post-graduation.
We need you to understand more about what you would like to do in your career. The first step in this process will be knowing yourself. You need to be able to identify what you like, what you can be passionate about and what strengths you have that will help you be successful in that position. I think that applying to jobs and coming into interviews with a good understanding of what you applied to and why you can be great are essential in landing your first job post-graduation!”
Best of luck to all new graduates!
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