Nicholas Fainlight of Hartford, CT, Offers Advice to Recent College Grads on How to Land a Great First Job

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Nicholas Fainlight offers an overview of advice for recent college graduates who are searching for their first job.

Nicholas Fainlight recently completed his undergraduate education and started his job search. Nicholas had majored in finance while attending school. As Nicholas started his journey to find a job after graduation, he realized how many of his friends were in similar situations and that finding a job is rarely as easy as you hope it will be. Since graduation is only a few weeks away for most college seniors, Nicholas Fainlight wanted to offer some tips on how recent grads can position themselves to be the best candidates possible.

While nearly everyone understands the importance of a thoughtful, well-written cover letter, you need to go above and beyond with yours. There are lots of blogs that offer quality advice for writing your cover letter, but you also want yours to stand out. Follow the normal style and layout, but include something special. Add a unique story of why you want to work for this company specifically, or better yet, identify some area of the business you’re confident you have the skills and knowledge to help them improve. A company wants to hire someone who improves the business; you need to demonstrate that person is you.

A fantastic way to get in with a company is by having a conversation with someone who currently works there. The more connections you can make, the better, but getting in touch with even just one person gives you the chance to get your name in and also learn more about the company. You can get insider info about what they’re looking for and have a better idea of whether or not you’d enjoy working there. You can reach out to people through their email or on LinkedIn, but make sure you send a thoughtful message and not something generic.

A large portion of employers look up job applicants online. Most recent grads have some kind of online presence, often at least a LinkedIn page and a few social media accounts. However, your online presence could make or break getting a job offer. The first step to take is making sure your social profiles are set to private or, if they’re public, that there’s not anything that could hurt your professional image. Next, make sure you have a significant online presence. Create a LinkedIn account, post your resume, and consider getting your own website. Include information about yourself and your experience; you’ll appear immensely more professional and reliable than someone who has no online presence or brand.

Depending on what type of job you’re applying for, having a physical portfolio, or at least something online, can do wonders for your success at getting hired. Include graphs, photos, or blogs on your website that you can easily reference or send to someone when being interviewed or applying for a position. Showcasing the work you’ve done presents you as professional, creative, and experienced.

Finally, when you’re actually interviewing, be bold and ask insightful questions. Dedicate time to thinking over what you’d really like to know about the company and something thoughtful that most people wouldn’t ask. Create in-depth questions showing you’ve thought about the position and that you’re serious about wanting to work with the business.

About the Author

Nicholas Fainlight is a recent graduate of Queens University of Charlotte. Nicholas received his Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Finance. His first job out of college is currently at Carrier Corporation where he works as a Pricing Analyst in the commercial applied sector of the business. Nicholas Fainlight is looking to gain relevant, hands-on experience that he can apply to his career throughout the next few years. Nicholas is ambitious and understands the intrinsic value of hard work, so he’s looking forward to starting his professional journey.

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