Getting noticed in the job market is easier said than done. Employers are looking for people with skills specific to the job they need done. You most likely don’t have anything that they haven’t seen before. Since the job market is an essentially even playing field, you’re going to have to have a lot more to offer than just a degree and some volunteering experience.
It’s too bad, especially since we spent so much money on education, that the only thing our degrees get us is these days is an interview with the hiring manager. Forty or fifty years ago, a degree would ensure a high paying job. These days, not so much. There’s a lot of reasons why this is, but here’s just a couple.
If you went to college forty to fifty years ago, you came out of the experience with new skills, both social and specialized, that would actually help you complete tasks specific to a job. Today, there are many more graduates with the same degrees and experiences competing for the same job.
Location also played a big factor back then because the family dynamics of the time tended to lean towards staying closer to home. These days, relocation is easier and more affordable for new graduates. Furthermore, technology has closed the location gap and encouraged outsourcing.
If you want to get a meaningful career, having a degree doesn’t entitle you to anything. It may give you a chance at an interview, but it certainly won’t guarantee securing a position in the workplace.
You’ll have to stick out to the employer when he or she interviews you and demonstrate why you would be the perfect fit for the position that you want. You’ll have to have valuable experience that is related to the job at hand. You’ll have to be able to have better conversations with the interviewer than all of the other job candidates. In other words, you’ll have to make them believe that there isn’t a better option than hiring you.
There are plenty of great positions out there. Just be forewarned that many entry-level positions are neither glamorous nor exciting if you aren’t interested in learning. If you’ve already made your mind up that you’ve “arrived,” then you’re going to have an excruciating career ahead of you. However, if you are willing to learn and are interested in gaining skills in the industry of your choice, then the sky’s the limit.