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.
If you want to speak with a professional resume writer, talk to us for a free consultation! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume-writing professional! All services can be rendered virtually with no in-office meetings.
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.