If you're graduating from college this spring and you're one of the 99% of seniors who haven't nailed down a post-college job, today's a big day. It's 2014. It's time to start getting serious about life after college.
Lots of us here at HubSpot remember our own senior year angst (coupled with bliss), so we thought we'd share a few of the lessons we learned. Below you'll find HubSpot's top 10 tips for college seniors, plus lots more advice in the SlideShare at the bottom of the post.
One more thing: If you're a college senior starting your job search, make sure you apply to attend the Inbound Business Bootcamp, an intensive one-day introduction to the business of technology for top college seniors. It will help you find the right job after school -- and make it a success.
Advice for the Class of 2014, From HubSpotters
1) “For your first job, be the first one in the office and the last to leave. Vacation is over.”
Jill Fratianne (@SpicyLegume), Partner Channel Manager
2) “Read books or die.”
Eriks Reks (@erikzrekz), Team Lead Support Engineer
3) “Take time to thoroughly research companies and network like crazy -- you never know who knows someone who can open doors for you.”
Elizabeth Graham, VP, Operations
4) “Resumes don't matter at all ... unless they're bad. Make sure yours has been looked over by your school's career counselor at least once.”
Greg Sabo (blog.gsabo.com), Tech Lead
5) “‘Proficient in Microsoft Office’ won't set you apart from anyone. Instead: Learn HTML/CSS and a computer scripting language.”
Rob Ainslie (@RobPaulRay), Support Engineer
6) “Begin your career being exceptionally good at one thing -- progress in your career by being pretty good at a lot of things.”
David Weinhaus (www.davidweinhaus.com), Channel Sales
7) “Prove you have good judgment. Skills can be taught; judgment can’t.”
Joe Chernov (@jchernov), VP of Content
8) “Every day of your working life is part of an interview for a job you don't even know you're going for yet (so be a good co-worker!).”
Adam Darowski (@adarowski), Front-End Designer
9) “If you don't love what you do when you get out of college, change it.”
Ian Marlier (linkedin.com/in/marlier), Director of Reliability
10) “It will all come together in the end if you are determined and put yourself in situations you may not always feel comfortable in.”
Lisa Toner (@LisaToner13), International Inbound Content Specialist