I Recently Graduated and I’m on the Hunt for an ​​​​​​​Entry-Level Position

Dear Nikki, 

I recently graduated and I’m on the hunt for an entry level position. I can’t find anything, nobody will give me a chance! How do I maximize my skills on my resume and cover letter so I can get a foot in the door?

Washington, DC 

Nikki: 

This can be hard, especially when you're just starting out. Put your helmet on and get ready! 
 

Have you considered interning (possibly with little to no pay) to build up your skill set in your field? As you know, companies want experience so, if you're dedicated to working within your field, you'll want to gain experience somewhere.
 

Something my father always told me is that "it's not what you know, but WHO you know". So, evaluate your professional network. It doesn't even have to be a network of your peers, so who does your circle (family, family friends, etc) know? What do the people in your circle do? Can they put you to work that will do things to help build your resume up?
 

Have you considered looking for jobs in different cities? Have you reached out to a head hunter? Someone who seeks jobs for people. They'll find work for you in certain fields but can also expose you to jobs and companies that you may not already know about. Be patient and let them work for you.
 

Don't limit yourself and most importantly, think outside the box! You've got to get creative and create your own opportunities.

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Wife, new mom, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with 11 years industry experience, 6 years of management experience. Manager a team of men in a male dominant industry, while being the only woman on the team. DIY fashion blogger, a self taught seamstress. Owner/Creator of a monthly subscription service, SewConscious.com

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