I just graduated college. How do I find a job and pay back my loans?
When students graduate from college, one of their top concerns is finding a job that will allow them to repay their student loans. With thousands of college seniors about to graduate into a recession, the competition for entry-level jobs remains high.
To make sure you can find a job and pay back your student loans, it’s vital to be diligent in your job search, make sure your resume is up to date, and hone your interview skills. The video below provides some great tips for graduating seniors searching for their first job.
Here are some key points to keep in mind as your search for and apply to jobs:
- Take advantage of your college’s career services. These services are often available for a full year after graduation, so it’s not too late to reach out if you didn’t during college.
- Networking is critical–take advantage of your college’s alumni network. Don’t just search on internet job boards–talk to people in person, make connections on LinkedIn, and find mentors in your community.
- Continue to build relevant skills. Take an internship, do volunteer work, and participate in activities that you can use to build your resume.
- Prepare for the interview. Dress appropriately, do your research on the company, and be sure to show your interest in the position.
- Have realistic expectations. Don’t expect a perfect job right out of college. Realize you’ll be starting out at an entry-level job and don’t expect everything to be perfect right away.
If you’re struggling to find a job, don’t give up. Keep applying, keep building your skills, and explore your student loan repayment options if you can’t make your monthly payments. If you need help lowering your payments, call us at 1-888-234-3907 or tweet us at @CFGCollege.