Graduating from college is an exciting and pivotal time in your life. What do I do next? Am I prepared? Where should I live? What do I want to accomplish? It can be overwhelming as the doors close a chapter in your life that was structured with classes, tests, and school activities, and open to a new world with endless possibilities.
Searching for your first job after college can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead look at the endless possibilities of what is to come as a breath of fresh air. Our workforce experts have rallied together to provide 10 helpful tips to keep in mind during your job search right out of college:
10 Job Search Tips:
Networking is key to increase your chances of finding the right job and meeting the right people to get you there. By networking you are able to establish your name, meet new people, connect with like-minded professionals and gain knowledge of job opportunities. Remember to network online and offline to gain the most exposure.
Explore Your Interests
Your major in college does not have to dictate your career. Take the time to reflect on your skills, interests, what you do well and what you enjoy doing; looking for positions that align with your interests is important to be successful.
Choose Something You Love
Don’t just look at job opportunities for the money, this is the time to explore what you really love to do. It might be challenging in the beginning, but imagine your life down the road and picture yourself having a job you love that will feel less like work and will make you happy. What are you passionate about?
When exploring your interests, schedule informational interviews with companies that you are interested in working for. Think of it as doing an investigation to see if the company or the industry is right for you. You want to learn information about potential opportunities you could be pursuing at the company, information about the organization and company culture, information on the industry and the company’s main competitors.
Find A Mentor
Mentors are amazing role models for young professionals. Find someone who has a lot of experience in the field you are interested in. They can provide valuable insight and advice on how to establish yourself from first hand experience.
If You Cannot Land A Job, Find A Solid Internship
There’s no need to decide on a “career” until you have had several work experiences, then you can decide on an advanced education or a career path. Commitment to an internship shows drive and dedication to a future employer.
Be Open To Other Options
Even if you are interested in a particular company’s services, values or company culture, don’t be afraid to explore other options. There are plenty of great companies out there who are looking to hire recent graduates who bring new ideas. Don’t let your idealized “option A” close you off to other potential opportunities.
Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles
Maintaining professional profiles on social networks should be a no brainer. The social media background check has gained prevalence in today’s hiring process. We suggest creating a LinkedIn profile to highlight skills, work experiences, education, volunteer experiences and organizations. Remember, first impressions are important.
Don’t fret if the process of finding a job takes longer than expected or if you don’t necessarily love all of the responsibilities for a potential position. Landing a job that matches your skills and interests will take time.
Most importantly stay positive! Remember it takes hard work and persistence to achieve your goals, so keep a positive mindset during the job hunt.
You have already taken the first step in the right direction and endured the hardest part, attaining a college degree. Look at applying to jobs as an open invitation to find your passion and work for something that makes you happy. Don’t be afraid of failure.