Job Tips For the Class of 2020

Get ready grads. This will be a challenge. Here are the rules to follow. Learn them well and you will get your reward – a new job.

Job search tips for the class of 2020

Grads’ Guide to Finding a Job

Congratulations! If you are reading this then you probably just graduated in one of the weirdest climates in modern history.

Also during this time, you’ve probably gotten hundreds of emails, seen dozens of social media posts and heard loads of people say that these are “uncertain times.”

Well… yeah, these are uncertain times.

It’s too soon to guess what some of the prolonged effects of the pandemic will be, and it’s hard to determine when everything will get back to normal. As you plan for the future and your career, this uncertainty can weigh heavily on your mind. Allow us to put some of those fears at ease.

Sure, nobody quite knows what the future will hold, but if you follow these tips you can rest assured that you will be prepared for anything.

1. If You Can, Get on Unemployment Soon

If you are out of work, consider filing for unemployment if you can. First off, getting on unemployment can be an arduous and a time-consuming tasks, so the sooner you start, the sooner you will start collecting.

It’s hard to say when you will land your dream job, so make sure that you are financially safe and sound in the meantime.

2. Hire a Professional Resume Writer

To be frank, many employers won’t even see your resume if you don’t have it professionally done. Many companies use software that filters out resumes that lack the qualifications and keywords they are looking to see, and will even filter out poorly formatted resumes. Professional resume writers know this which is why they make sure that the resumes they build will get through the filter and into the hands of an employer.

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3. Network Your Butt Off

Even though you are no longer a college student, you are still part of an illustrious network of alumni. Connect with some of your former classmates, professors and faculty advisors on LinkedIn. Once you’ve built a solid following of connections, search through their connections for people that you would love to work with or work for one day. From there, ask your friend if they’d be willing to make an introduction for you.

That’s right, you’re networking with industry professionals all from the safety of your laptop/smartphone.

If you have an industry professional whose brain you’d love to pick, consider scheduling an informational interview with them! Informational interviews are great way to get expert job advice, and build a lifelong connection with an industry professional!

While on LinkedIn, share articles, comment on your connections’ posts and apply for jobs!

4. Prepare For the Virtual World

Although the pandemic has put many things on hiatus, the job world still continues to spin. In order to keep work flowing while maintaining social distancing, many companies are conducting their work virtually, and have no plans of changing this in the future. With that being said, you need to prepare to conduct job interviews virtually, and to work from home effectively.

For virtual interviews, you still need to dress up nice, and you need to prepare a professional backdrop for your interview. You don’t want the interviewer to see a bunch of Pink Floyd posters in your background or your dad walking around in his undies in the background.

5. Remember, Looking For a Job is a Full-Time Job

If you want to land your dream job, you need to treat your job search like a 40+-hour per week job. You need to use your creativity and your proactivity to look for work. This means reading articles about your industry, talking with career professionals, growing as a professional and, of course, actually applying for jobs.

Be creative with how you apply and hunt for jobs to help you stand out above the competition. Make sure you broaden your horizons so that you are allowing yourself to find all of the jobs you are capable of performing.

6. Stay Positive

It is so easy to fall into the pit of despair while looking for a job. Remember, you’re not going to get an offer from every job you apply to. Heck, you might not even hear back from every job. However, you WILL eventually find a job that you will be proud to have.

Keep your chin up, and keep moving forward.

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

Dos and Don’ts For Quitting Your Job

It’s time to leave your job. Whether you worked there for only a few months or for a significant portion of your life, it is important that you leave with grace to keep within good standing with the company.

Just because you are moving on to a new journey in your life does not mean that you should throw away the growth and experiences you attained while working at this company. Be kind, be courteous, and don’t burn the bridge.

1. If You Can, Give at Least Two-Weeks Notice

Once you know for sure that you are going to be leaving your company, you should let your employer know. It is customary to give your company two-weeks notice so that they have time to prepare for your transition.

With that being said, you don’t want to give notice that you are leaving too early. If you are planning on moving six months into the future, you can keep it to yourself until the time gets closer. Unfortunately, some bosses may terminate your position early on because they know that you won’t be there for much longer. They also may hold off on promotion and raises for the same reason.

Sometimes it isn’t possible to give two-weeks notice, but that’s okay. For example, a few years ago I had a coworker come into work saying that Friday was going to be his last day (he told us on a Wednesday). His father had suddenly fallen ill, and he lived in South America. My coworker was moving back home to help take care of his family, and time was of the essence. Because he was upfront and honest about why he was leaving so suddenly, he still kept within good graces with the company.

2. Be Kind and Humble/ Don’t Burn the Bridge

This is not the time to tell your boss that you always thought that they were a jerk, or to finally tell one of your coworkers to “Go to Hell.” Also, if you are leaving your job for a much better job, don’t rub that into your coworkers’ faces.

Just because you are leaving does NOT mean that these people will no longer be a part of your professional life. You should make sure that everyone with whom you worked closely becomes a connection on LinkedIn. If at all possible, ask your supervisors if they’d be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. I still have a letter of recommendation from a boss I had nearly five jobs ago that I still use on job applications.

When it comes to your coworkers, these are people that might help you find work later down the line, so don’t burn this bridge either. Tell them that you enjoyed your time working with them, that you wish them all the best, and to keep in contact.

3. Be Honest About Why You Are Leaving

When you go through a break-up, you immediately are struck with the question “Why?” To some degree, the same thing happens to your boss. They want to know why you are leaving, and if there is anything that they can do to get you to stay.

Give the honest reasons for why you are leaving. If you are leaving due to a problem you encountered with the work environment, let your boss know. They can potentially fix this problem so that no other employee needs to deal with it.

If the reason why you are leaving feels overly personal, you can keep it vague. For example, a relative of mine once left a job because they were moving after a bitter divorce. She didn’t want her personal business to become office gossip after she left. She told her employer that she was moving, and kept it at that.

4. If Your Boss Wants You to Stay, Hear Them Out

If you are leaving your job for a new job, it is probably because they are either paying you more money and/or giving you work you prefer. Once you tell your boss that you are leaving, they might make you an offer to get you to stay. This offer may include more pay, better hours, new benefits, or even promotion.

Even if there is nothing your boss could possibly offer to get you to stay, hear them out. It’s important to stay respectful. Simply tell your boss that your new opportunity is too good to pass up and that you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Also let them know that you are grateful for your time with the company.

5. If Possible, Suggest Someone to Replace You

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

6. On Your Last Day, Celebrate With Your Co-workers

This may sound a bit silly because you don’t want to celebrate the fact that you’re gone. However, you should celebrate your time with the company and this new stage in your life.

It is customary for some jobs to throw a “going away” party for coworkers that are leaving. However, don’t expect to get one. If you do get one, be grateful and thank each person in attendance.

On your last day, you could bring in doughnuts or pizza for your coworkers. If you have a lot of coworkers and a limited pizza budget, you can instead suggest that you all go out for drinks or dinner after work.

This celebration is a great way to leave a final good impression with your coworkers and supervisors. Remember, you may need these connections in the future. You may even want to work for this company again later on in life. Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to leave a sour taste in their mouth if you have the option to leave the taste of a doughnut instead.

7. Don’t Feel Guilty About Leaving

When you work at the same job for a long time, they can start to feel like family. Many of us make the best friends of our lives and even meet our spouses through our jobs.

However, at the end of the day, it is still just a job.

Most companies realize that they are a stepping-stone in your career and not the end of the journey. Although it is okay to get emotional about your departure, don’t let your feelings for your coworkers or job keep you from what is best for you and your career.

Through the magic of social media, you can still remain friends with your coworkers virtually. You can also exchange phone number so you can still see each other after work and on weekends.

8. Get Ready For Your Next Step

Now is not the time for tears, but for excitement! You are about to embark on this next step in your life, and you should put your best foot forward! If you are looking for a new job, that starts with a sharp resume! Consult with a professional resume writer to ensure your resume will be noticed by the companies where you want to work.