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How to Get Your Foot in the Door and Get Hired

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It’s not easy to stand out from the crowd and get hired when job searching. This is definitely the case when you’re a college student or recent graduate.

So to help you out, we sat down with nationally-recognized career expert Ryan Kahn for some Q & A. Ryan starred in the  MTV’s docu-series, “HIRED!,” and is creator of the best-selling course “How To Get Hired,”

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In this interview, this California Polytechnic State University graduate shares tips on how to make a solid impression to get your foot in the door.

Ryan, how can people early in their careers make an impression without experience?

I hear this from just about every client I work with, and it’s an understandable concern. But there are definitely other ways to get your foot in the door even if you have no experience.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way to gain insight and build your network. Just remember, these are not job interviews, and whoever you’re meeting with is doing this to help you, so be respectful and grateful for their time and efforts.

Find A Connection

Many organizations prefer to hire based on internal referrals, so if you can find a connection with someone at the company to pass along your resume, you’re already jumping to the top of the list.

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Online Portfolio

This is a must-have. Employers want to be able to see what you can do, and if you don’t have a stacked resume, this is how you show your stuff. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Having an about.me page is a great way to start. Just keep it clear and professional, and make sure your contact information is up to date and easy to find.

Network Is Net Worth

Think of any situation where you’re affiliated with at least a few other people, and you have a network. Any clubs or teams—even study groups—are all where your networking begins. Your professors and TAs are also great resources. Start with the people you already know and branch out from there. And if you’re not having any luck, why not start your own networking group or event?

Standing out has never been easier. We got your back.

Antonio Neves is the author of '50 Things Every College Student Should Know.' He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.