"Network, network, network and go to the job fairs. Be flexible. You first job doesn't need to be and many times won't be your dream job. Find out what skills you need for the job you want and start developing those skills immediately."
- Tony Hougland '03, Agency Owner, State Farm Insurance (GV Major: Business Administration)
"Make yourself available. Let recruiters and others on LinkedIn know you're looking and what you're looking for. Treat your profiles like a resume. Does your profile reflect something you'd want a future employer to see? Make yourself an asset to the team. Show off your accomplishments and experience, and the rest will fall into place."
- Brooke Follette '13, Senior Marketing Coordinator, TruHome Solutions, LLC (GV Major: Graphic Journalism)
"Start getting to know people, be genuine, and show them why you are special."
- AJ Krist '12, President, Krist Insurance (GV Major: Finance)
"Networking! Connect with everyone you know, see who is hiring, where you can fit in, and do not underestimate the power of LinkedIn. That's how I got my first job!"
- Emily Crittenden '18, Recruiting Coordinator, Amazon (GV Majors: Corporate Communications, Journalism and Public Relations)
"This is important, you need to intern as much as possible while in school to get the experience needed. A degree by itself is paper."
- Dan Coats '16, Marketing, ISR Cognizant (GV Major: Business Administration, Marketing)
"Networking is key. The people that you know can connect you to opportunities that you may not be able to find on your own. I recommend joining a young professionals network."
- Austin Strawhacker '11, Regulatory Data Coordinator, America's Small Business Development Center - Iowa (GV Major: Business Administration, Sports Management)
"Networking! Start building connections during school and always try to think “what can I do for this person” rather than asking what they can do for you. The bigger your network the more opportunities you have to hear about open positions in your field. Join professional organizations (usually they are free for students) and get some working knowledge from area professionals. They will usually have an idea of what positions are open before the general public."
- Aly Merschman '13, Attorney at Gray Hodges & Associates, PLC (GV Majors: Political Studies: Pre-Law, Digital Media Production)
"For me, I immediately started applying for jobs in March of my final spring semester. While, I didn't find much I was set on, I found many connections throughout the process. I began networking and setting up coffee meetings with individuals I knew who could help me find a career. Don't be afraid to reach out to people, ask to shadow, or just email some questions to people who have a job you aspire to have. Utilize social media, LinkedIn and job search sites. CHECK EVERY DAY. I found my first job thanks to Facebook and it's truly the best job I could've asked for out of college.
I'll leave with one last note: It takes TIME. A LOT OF TIME. So be patient and give yourself a break. Things will come to you when it's meant to be. Stay persistent and be positive."
- Angela Lose '18, Marketing and Engagement Coordinator, Orchestrate Hospitality (GV Majors: Journalism and Public Relations, Multimedia Communication and Digital Media Production)