7 Mistakes College Grads Make When Job Hunting

Coming out of college and entering the world of work can be a daunting time for any student, so it can become even more of a challenge if you’re not doing things properly and you’re not aware of the potential mistakes that could be holding you back.

Today, we’re going to explore seven of the most common mistakes college grads make when entering the workforce, helping you to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes.

#1 – Not Following Up On Applications

It’s one thing to go around and hand in your résumé to certain places and cross your fingers to hope for the best, but if you’re not following up on your applications, you could be missing out on some serious opportunities.

Once you’ve handed in your résumé, give it a week or so, and be sure to call back to see what’s happening. At least this way, you’re not hanging around for an answer.

#2 – Being Only Online

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes is only searching online for job postings. Of course, looking on job boards and job-seeking websites can be a great way to find a job, but to completely diversify your hunt, make sure you’re applying in your local area in physical businesses.

#3 – Not Being Presentable

While you might have spent a lot of time at college wearing the clothes you want, this can become a bad habit over the years, and you must make a good first impression with your new employees. Whether handing in a résumé or attending an interview, make sure you’re looking professional.

#4 – Not Being Creative

“Yes, you can find a job searching in your network and via job-seeking websites but think about what’s available to you and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Use your resources to follow unconventional methods of getting a job”, – explains Sam Howard, a career advisor for Ox Essays and Eliteassignmenthelp.

#5 – Not Thinking About Yourself

Consider what you’ve graduated with and what you can do with your skills. Are you a graphic designer or writer? Perhaps you could start working for yourself on a freelance basis? This could be the ideal route for you if you’re looking for freedom, and it’s at least worth considering.

#6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Network

You never know what opportunities you’re going to find among the people you know in your life, so it’s so important to ask around and let people know you’re on the hunt for work. Don’t be afraid to network within your own social circles; some of these opportunities could be amazing!

#7 – Shooting Too High

“While we’re a fan of going for the best job you can, the world of work has a process, and you might be consistently unlucky if you’re applying for the best-paid jobs. Instead, it can be far better to get a job at the bottom and then take your time to work up to the top”, – shares Nikki Taylor, a recruitment manager for Big Assignments and State of Writing.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you’ll need to think about when it comes to job-seeking as a college graduate. Be sure you’re thinking outside the box and being as open-minded as possible to find the right job for you. Remember, GradGuard is here to help with your post-grad tips and tricks! Be sure to browse our blog for more ideas on adulting and living your best college life.

Freddie Tubbs is a recruitment manager at Boomessays. He regularly takes part in education and tech conferences and contributes posts to Australian reviewer and Writemyaustralia blogs.

Updated in March 2022