So you graduated college…now what?
The employment rate of recent university graduates in the United States between age 20 and 24 has increased from 29.8% in 2000 to 34.2% in 2007, culminating in a staggering 39.1% just in 2010.
Social networks like LinkedIn can help, but so can other mediums. See these seven simple tips for helping you land that dream job.
1. Reach out to those you admire and look up to
Think of people in your field or industry that you look up to. Try to contact them via email, social media, or just try and get a conversation going. Send a resume if possible, tell them why you admire them, or ask for advice. If you reach out, you’ll be surprised at the amount of positive reception you’ll receive. At worst, this person could be a great mentor and help in your job search; at best, they could potentially land you a job!
Just as important is returning emails and thanking all potential employers, even if they decide to go with another candidate. This could keep you in the running for other employment opportunities down the line.
2. Clean up your social footprint
Be extra cautious with your profiles on social media. Update privacy settings, delete pictures, and get rid of inappropriate tweets or Facebook statuses.
3. Attend networking events
Boost your resume by volunteering, RSVPing to an in-person networking event in your area, or using a social site like Meetup.com to find events in your area are all great ways to extend your professional circle and meet employers.
Make sure to bring a lot of business cards!
4. Utilize social media
Maximize your public profile and use your social media accounts for your job search! Your social profiles will be the first thing that shows up when someone searches for your name, so use this to your advantage to become more marketable to employers.
Consider reaching out to large school or college groups (like on Facebook), blogs with job postings, or try posting a public resume on your profile. Reach out and follow-up on leads!
5. Build a public profile
Creating an online website and portfolio is a must-have for all industries. It shows you have the required experience necessary for the job! Building your own personal brand is very important. Employers want to see passion and initiative for what you want to do.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will be increased if you have a variety of personal domains. This means you will rise to the top of searches. Being able to use technology is also very important in the current digital shift in job industries. Having a website or blog will also show that you are computer literate.
6. Set up a business email
Now that you’ve graduated, it is beneficial to switch the school email (.edu) you’ve been using for the past four years and switch to a gmail or professional email address.
Employers seeing two emails, one with a .edu address and one with a .com domain will differentiate the two in years of experience. Coming off as more experienced will always be more beneficial!
7. Take advantage of calendars
Staying organized is integral to successfully finding a job. Sending a calendar reminder will help you realize when you need to reach out, stay on top of the competition, and give you an edge in winning that dream job.
Keeping in touch with old professors and bosses for example, and maintaining your network will keep you at the forefront of their minds when they either have or know of job openings. Connections are perhaps the most important resource in job hunting.
8. Final words
Last but not least…make sure to persevere, persevere, persevere. Searching for a full-time job should be your full-time job.
BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR JOB SEARCH!! YOU CAN DO IT!