It takes a little time to create an outstanding AfterCollege profile, so why would you do it and what can it do for you?
- Get you your dream internship.
- Get you your first full-time job that will create the life you want to live.
- Let you know about employer related campus events where you can make connections and learn more locally.
- Get you a scholarship (your profile is your application when you apply).
- Learn about great blog content.
- Showcase your skills and encourage employers to hire you.
- Be a way to track your experience, recommendations and accolades all in one place.
- Send jobs and internships selected just for you by email.
Don’t have an AfterCollege profile yet? Simply visit AfterCollege.com and you can be up and running in just a minute or two. Click on the “Sign Up” link at the top of the page. Or, if you already have an AfterCollege profile, click “Log In.”
You’ll be prompted to fill out your name, email address, and a password. Then click “Let’s Get Started.”
Next, you will be offered an opportunity to upload an existing resume that will automatically fill in some of your profile fields. As with any system, it is important to review the information that is autofilled (this is also a helpful hint when applying with your resume directly on an employer website).
You can also “Skip this Step” if you do not have a resume or want to create your profile from a fresh start.
Simply fill in a few more basic fields: school, major, grad date, and a location where you would like to find a job (shown below) and click “Sign Up Now.” Now you have an AfterCollege account!
Now you are ready to go! The steps below will walk you through creating an outstanding profile that will help you appear more attractive to employers.
Step 1: Start with the Basics
It might seem like uploading a photo is the easiest part of your profile, but remember that this is a first impression. Try to choose a photo that portrays you in a professional light. You don’t have to be in your interview outfit, but choose a shot where you’re dressed (and behaving) appropriately for the types of companies you’d like to work for. Smiling is recommended. Please no bikinis, bare chests, or tongues sticking out.
Next, make sure that the information under the Education section of your profile is accurate. You can view this next to your name at the top of the page, and also in the fourth section down labeled “Education.” Click “edit” next to the “Education” header to add additional degrees or to correct your information.
Also make sure to select your career preferences. Click the blue “edit” button in the top section labeled with your name, and you will be taken to a page where you can add details that will help AfterCollege know what jobs and internships will be best for you.
Adding your career preference details:
To add multiple job categories and preferred work locations, select from the job category list or start typing in a city in the location field and then hit the blue “+” button to add it to your list. You can add multiple items by continuing to add selections and hitting the blue “+” button.
Step 2: Write Your Personal Statement
Click the “edit” button next to “About me” in the second section of your profile to update your personal statement:
Editing the “About me” section:
What should I put in my personal statement?
Your personal statement should describe who you are and the value that you offer in an academic and/or professional context. Keep in mind that the purpose of the personal statement is to show hiring managers or recruiters a 30-second preview of who you are and what you can bring to an organization.
Your headline will be auto-populated with your school and major, but you can also edit that to be more specific to the type of role you would like to have. But be brief.
Personal Statements are brief (no longer than a few sentences) snapshots that capture your strengths, goals, and academic and/or professional accomplishments.
Things you can include:
- Your goals and aspirations
- How you bring value to an organization or situation
- Why you’re passionate about your chosen area of study
- What makes you unique
Here’s a great example from a former AC Staff Member:
I’m a French and Spanish Literature major looking to work as a writer or editor in the publishing industry.
My skills include proofreading, managing multiple deadlines, and overseeing freelancers, all while keeping a sense of humor and positive attitude.
I’m an inquisitive world explorer and have a passion for learning languages, reading nonfiction, and dancing like a maniac in Zumba.
Step 3: Add Your GPA
Including your GPA is not a requirement, but it’s a good idea since it’ll help you qualify for AfterCollege scholarships (more on those later!). You do this under the “Education” section of your profile for each degree you have listed.
Step 4: List Your Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Did you make the dean’s list for academic achievement? Were you awarded for your participation in a sports team, club, school government, or Greek chapter? Were you valedictorian in high school? If so, we want to know about it!
Click “edit” next to “Accomplishments” and add each one:
Step 5: Show Off Your Skills and Languages
Add your skills and any additional languages you are proficient in speaking and/or writing. Not sure what we mean by “skills”?
- Hard skills are usually related to professional knowledge, tools, or techniques. Examples include: developing software, customer service, typing speed, operating machinery, and special certifications or licenses.
- Soft skills are usually related to our social, communication, and self-management behaviors. These are the intangible skills that enable us to work effectively. Examples include: communication, networking, time management, and attention to detail.
Click the blue “+” to keep adding additional soft and hard skills. Don’t forget to hit “Done” after you finish to save your work.
Step 6: Link to Your Work (Documents Section)
The “Documents” section is a space to link to examples of your work like your online portfolio, a Slideshare presentation you created, a Google document of an assignment you’re particularly proud of, your blog, a website you helped design—anything that supports your academic and/or professional aspirations.
Step 7: Recommendations
There are few things more annoying than getting this close to completing a job application, only to realize that you haven’t secured any recommendations. You can easily solve that problem by requesting references now. Click the “Request Recommendation” link and the “Request a Recommendation” box will appear:
Fill out your information and the email address of the person you’d like to get a recommendation from. If you don’t have much work experience, you can ask professors, advisors, or someone who managed you as an intern or volunteer. We’ve made it extra easy for you by providing a template, but it’s always a good idea to provide more context so go ahead and add some information about what types of jobs or internships you’re applying for and which skills or qualities you’d like the person to focus on. When they write your recommendation don’t forget to write a thank you note!
What do I do now?
After completing your profile, you can apply to jobs and follow companies that interest you.
And, if you accurately complete the Personal Statement, GPA, Honors, Awards, and Scholarships, and Skills and Languages sections, you could be eligible to apply for an AfterCollege scholarship! AfterCollege offers scholarships throughout the academic year for students in a range of disciplines. (Note: Some scholarships are only for specific majors, while some are open to everyone.) Check here for a complete list.
Note: This article was adapted and updated from the article “How to Create a Ridiculously Good Looking AfterCollege Profile” from December 2013 by Melissa Suzuno.