Every year, approximately two million people graduate with either an Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate degree. Because of this, the job market has become saturated (i.e. full of qualified people). Of course, jobs are also being created because of this fact. So with these numbers, how do you stand out as a grad so you can get into your field and earn money? Well, this post will go over several tips to stand out as a grad from the crowd. Even if you have not went to college, you have to begin thinking about this now.
1. Be yourself.
The cookie cutter approach that many people take to get into the industry can make you seem like a generic number in your field. One of the main things to do is to be yourself and brand yourself. If you're getting a degree in something without a specialization, pick something you really love and stay abreast on the things going on regarding that career. Avoid acting like something you're not. Retain your individuality regarding creativity, personality, and ideas.
2. Make connections.
Find events, trade shows, conferences, and expos in your industry to meet experts in your field. Ask for mentorship and advice. This is the time to think creative and spark conversations that would generate solutions. Also, connect with peers and think of forming partnerships as a group. In this case, personality is important. If you are an extrovert, listen more to what other people are saying, and if you are an introvert, try speaking more to others to break out of your comfort zone. You'll meet lots of interesting people and definitely stand out from the crowd. When networking, be sure to bring business cards, and stay in touch with these people.
3. Become a freelancer.
Why wait to get hired when you can actually start earning for your skill set? In today's society, it's easier than ever to offer freelance services, because many companies are looking for contractors now. If you offer products or services when you network with people, chances are they'll remember what you have to offer and eventually become clients or customers. If you decide to become a freelancer, it's a matter of standing out from the business competition and requires good management, sales and marketing skills. The great thing about freelancing is that there's no ceiling or cap for your earnings.
4. Ask questions.
Asking questions can help you go far in your objective of standing out from the crowd. Many of the processes and deadlines allow several hundreds or thousands of people to place applications for things like scholarships, internships, jobs, and funding, and asking for help is necessary to reach your goals. If you don't ask, you don't get. Ask for what you want. Find a person of contact and get clarity on what you need to know, so you can get answers and solutions. When you ask, you'll get an advantage that will turn into stepping stones for your career.
5. Express gratitude.
Saying thank you and showing appreciation goes a really far way in helping you stand out. It's really surprising how many people don't express gratitude. There are hundreds of thousands of ways to say thank you. Whether you decide to reach out and send a kind note or display a random act of kindness, many people appreciate when you say thanks. Appreciate both those in your inner circle of influencers such as family and friends, and the strangers you encounter.
To recap, here are four things you need to do to stand out as a grad: 1) be yourself, 2) make social and professional connections, 3) become a freelancer and build a clientele, 4) ask questions, and 5) express gratitude. With these steps you can take action effectively and efficiently!