Are you a recent grad? Did you take the summer to relax before finding a job in the real world and are now panicking as the job search starts to sink in? Do you see friends getting ready to go back to school and wonder why you can’t go with them? Don’t worry!
That panic and confusion is part of the experience of finding your first real job after finishing school!
Finding your first job can be difficult and many recent grads struggling to find full-time employment after graduating from College/University.
Don’t know how to start your search? Read our 5 Job Search Tips below and you will be well on your way to a great job opportunity in no time!
5 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads
1.Research Your Field
Devote time to researching the industry you wish to enter. Who are the influencers? What is the average starting pay & job title? Which companies are likely to hire grads? What skills are required for entry level positions. This information will help inform your search.
2.Update Your Resume
A current resume is a crucial first step in the job search process. Be sure to include the skills you’ve learned in school and highlight how the knowledge you have learned is transferable to the workplace.
3.Expand Your Search
Don’t expect the job to come to you. Technology provides us many resources to find work. Use job boards, resume databases, networking, social media, and school groups to find work and/or network with others that may have insight into a job opportunity for you.
4.Polish Your Presence
Speaking of social media, make sure that your profiles are in order before starting your job search. Many potential employers will check an applicant’s social media profiles so make sure you are comfortable with a company seeing anything that you post.
5.Round Up References
A good reference can go far in many industries. Having a roster of great people ready to give you a stellar phone or written reference will put you a step ahead of the rest. Including a written reference from a notable source could also be a great way to stand out from the crowd, depending on your field.
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