Entering The Workforce With Confidence

Finding the right job after college can be tough, we get it. The transition from part time work to full time can be a big adjustment and sometimes you feel intimidated by the age difference among co workers, as though they think you are too young to succeed in your position. These, among many other factors, can prevent young women from entering the workforce with confidence. Friday June 2, RealHer will be hosting a workshop at AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) on the topic of entering the workforce with confidence and we wanted to make sure that not only the conference attendees, but you as well had access to the resources we will be covering. Read along, take some notes and get ready to feel confident when walking into those interviews.

  • LinkedIn do’s and dont’s. Having an attractive LinkedIn profile is very important, it’s like an online resume and trust me, companies you are interviewing with, along with recruiters from companies, will view your profile. Be sure to choose an appropriate and professional photo, no silly faces or wearing something that is more suitable for a night out with the girls. It’s important to update job information or skill sets as you learn them, as this is a live profile and you never know when a recruiter may come across your profile. LinkedIn is also a great place to follow all of the companies you are interested in working for so you can see when they post job opportunities and even keep up with the latest industry news.

  • How to spot red flags in a job posting. It is very important to read reviews on Google or Glassdoor to evaluate the legitimacy of a company. Stay away from job descriptions that are vague and contain spelling/grammatical errors. Stay away from keywords such as “hiring ASAP” or “no education/experience required.” Avoid pushy recruiters. Avoid masked job titles i.e. company is looking to hire a salesperson, but advertises job opening as a marketing position.

  • Resume and Cover Letter necessities. The layout of your resume is often times an employer's first impression of you, if they can’t follow along with the layout of your resume, they might miss important information, which you don’t want them to do. Your resume should always be one page, change the margins, font size - nothing smaller than 10 point, and make sure your information gets straight to the point. The information on your resume should be laid out depending on what is most relevant to your goal. For example, if you just graduated from college you would put education as your first section because most likely your job experience was not directly related to what you went to school for. This shows that you have classroom experience related to what you are applying for and then they can later read what you have learned at your jobs that you can relate to the one you are applying for. As for cover letters, necessities include how you can bring value to the company, tell a story, do not regurgitate your resume.