Finishing college in December provides unique professional opportunities. While others are setting resolutions for 2024, you can find your first job post-graduation.
Having a plan for your search can help find your first post-graduation job. These methods can help.
Implement these tips to help land your first job post-graduation.
Use Career Services
Take advantage of your college’s career services department. These professionals can provide constructive feedback on your resume, conduct mock interviews, and more. You also can learn about events and activities that can benefit your job search.
Focus on Diverse Fields
Look for jobs in industries outside of the one in which you earned a degree. Many employers are less focused on specific degrees than on interpersonal and transferrable skills. Therefore, your ability to communicate, collaborate, and meet deadlines can help you develop the hard skills needed for success in a role.
Reach out to your connections for help with your job search. Because the majority of opportunities are unadvertised, reaching out to your network can connect you with the hidden job market.
Your friends, professors, members of your college’s alumni network, or other professionals might know of opportunities that could interest you. Or, your connections might introduce you to a hiring manager or another professional who can help with your job search.
Search Social Media
Include LinkedIn and other social media platforms in your post-graduation job search:
- Make sure your profiles are complete and updated.
- Include photos, videos, articles, and other posts that portray a professional image.
- Connect and build relationships with hiring managers, recruiters, your school’s alumni, and other professionals in your field.
- Apply for jobs that fit your skills and abilities.
Be Willing to Relocate
Look for jobs in different geographic locations. For instance, consider looking at areas with low unemployment rates. These areas often have high numbers of job openings that might interest you.
Partner with a Staffing Firm
Work with a staffing firm that specializes in your field:
- The staffing firm has a vast, deep network of employers looking for college graduates to fill entry-level jobs.
- A recruiter from the firm can provide guidance and support throughout your job search.
- The recruiter can provide constructive feedback throughout the hiring process.
- Because most of the opportunities are unadvertised, you face less competition when interviewing.
- The recruiter negotiates any job offers on your behalf.
- The recruiter regularly follows up to ensure you are happy with the job.
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