Five must-do's to land your dream job after college

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Ask yourself this question – Why did you decide to attend college?

What was your answer?

Sure, some 18 year olds may be all in for the intellectual challenge, but many of you made the decision for one big reason – you want your dream job. Congratulations! Attending college is a massive stepping stone in that direction, but what many students don’t realize is just receiving a degree isn’t enough. Check out these statistics.

20.5 million The number of students enrolling in college in the United States in 2016.

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1.9 million The number of bachelor’s degrees colleges are expected to award in 2016-2017.

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2. Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile

Research shows it takes just seconds for someone to leave an everlasting first impression. Your LinkedIn profile is a perfect tool to showcase yourself and your experience. Killey recommends creating your profile before your freshman year of college and establishing as many connections with people in your field of interest as possible.

Even if you don’t have much work experience, list where you attend college and what you’re studying. Be sure to add any extracurricular activities you’ve participated in, and don’t forget to list any awards you’ve earned. LinkedIn is a perfect platform for networking, which we will discuss in more depth in our next step.

It pays to know people.