Now that you have your college degree, you’re ready to hit the ground running to find that dream job. Right? Maybe. Although a university degree provides an added advantage (41 percent of companies will only hire graduates), the U.S. Census Bureau reports a decline in graduates being able to find work.
Of course, the key to success in every part of life is preparation – especially when you start your job search. Before you face this challenging job market, take time to gear up and prepare. These tips can help you beat the odds.
- Stay Connected
- When you reach that milestone in your life, staying connected to your alma mater is beneficial.
- College alumni associations are a great resource that provides tools to connect you with previous grads who are in rewarding positions or own a business.
Do your research and make those connections. Older alumni are there to help.
- Check out the Career Center of Your School
- Before you exit campus, visit the Career Center. Meet with a counselor and inquire about how you can take full advantage of their services.
- Network with recent graduates to get their take on their job search.
- Stay connected to faculty and staff who may be willing to provide references.
- When you receive alumni event invitations, attend and network with as many people as you can.
- Write Your Resume
Your resume outlines your experience, skills, career aspirations, and more.
Although a time-consuming and challenging task, you can find help through your college career office, or online. It may be worth your while to hire a professional resume service.
- Clean Up
Evaluate your connections to various social channels. Ensure your social media postings and profiles are job- friendly.
- When recruiters and employers receive a resume, the first thing they will do is Google you, which will key them into your subscribed social media platforms. The last thing you want a potential employer to see are photos of you at a college party slugging down a beer or reading questionable content.
- To avoid any issues, revamp, or delete questionable content on all social outlets, then set up a quality LinkedIn account.
- Set Up Your LinkedIn Account
For employers, LinkedIn is the most used platform.
- An untapped, two-fold resource for postgraduate, LinkedIn is your looking glass into the job market and provides exposure to recruiters and head-hunters. A LinkedIn account results in many benefits. Learn how to take advantage of its offerings and how to set it up from a postgraduate student who was once in your shoes.
In summary, finding your first job out of college may be challenging, but if you look at it as a class project that includes a strategy, outline, and the steps you must take, you can “earn an A.”
Congratulations on your accomplishment and good luck in your job search.
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