It's that time of the year! Pull out your cap and gowns, queue the "Pomp and Circumstance" and prepare to hear the age-old question: "Have you found a job yet?" Well, as you're flying high on excitement during this memorable time of the year, we're here to help you prep for your post-graduation job search with a few tips.
Start your search now:
With the graduation festivities taking place, now is the best time to start your job search if you haven't already. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for a job, the earlier you begin, the better your odds may be. Just remember that finding the right job for you may take a little time so do your best to not get discouraged. Instead, allow your excitement and positivity from graduation to rub off on your job search and I guarantee it will make your job hunt much more fun and enjoyable.
Tell everyone you know that you have graduated and are looking for a job. Ask them to keep an eye out for you. By using your network’s network, you may be able to hear about a job opening before it’s listed online. Also, think about joining local professional organizations that have to do with the field you are interested in joining. You may be surprised by just how much organizations like to mentor new graduates and you’ll be able to take advantage of their job postings.
Polish off your resume:
Your resume is one of your best and most powerful tools when it comes to job hunting. That's why you've got to make sure it's in tip-top shape. It's very important that you update your resume for your post-grad job search. Be sure to include all of your relevant work history, internships, experience and relevant extracurricular activities. Don't forget to add the most exciting update – your graduation date. You don't want to make the mistake of sending out applications saying you have an expected graduation date when you’ve already graduated.
Clean up your social media accounts:
As you prepare to enter the job market it's important that you're doing everything in your power to attract perspective employers, that includes making sure your social media presence is professional and up to date. It literally just takes seconds to search for someone online, so take the time to clean up your social media accounts and change your privacy settings. With a professional online presence, you’re letting employers know you’re the one they want to hire. You don't want to end up like this guy.
Broaden your horizons:
After graduation you may have a very particular job in mind and it's great that you know what you want to do. Just don't let your expectations cloud your judgment; there are so many possibilities and who knows, the perfect job may be a job you haven't considered. Remember to keep an open mind to different positions, including internships. Even after graduation, internships can give you valuable experience and open doors to job opportunities. Keep an open mind, don't settle and you'll find the job that best suits you, even if it takes a little time.
Congradulations and good luck! Comment below with any other job search questions you may have.