With graduation quickly approaching, I have been applying for jobs like crazy. Let me tell you, it is exhausting. Constantly adjusting my resume to fit each job description and writing cover letter after cover letter to show that I would be a great fit got old a while ago.
I have had minimal bites on my applications, so I started to wonder what I could do to make myself stand out from the competition. That is when my boss reached out to me, offering any advice or help in my job search.
I asked him to read over my cover letter to see what I could change in order to stand out from the crowd. However, he said from his experience, hiring managers don’t even read past the first paragraph of cover letters. This was disappointing, as I have been trying to master the craft of writing them for so long. He told me one of the few ways to get your foot in the door is to know someone who works at the company you’re applying for.
I don’t know many people in the industry I want to work in, but my boss said that he might. So, I recently sent him a list of places I have applied to and would like to apply to, and he said he would look for an opportunity for me that is within his network.
We’ve heard it all of our college careers, “it is all about who you know.” For me, I knew this, but thought my experience and passion would possibly get me there anyway. But so far it hasn’t. So, my advice for you is to reach out to your bosses, professors, advisers and even classmates. Someone is bound to be able to help you get your foot in the door.