Finding a job after college isn’t easy. In two months, you and more than 1 million other college graduates will enter a job market that is only beginning to bounce back.
The best thing you can do?
Between your research papers and senior parties, work on finding a job now!
It can be daunting at times, but you’d be surprised how much you can enjoy job searching … with the right attitude, of course. Matching your skills to job postings can be exciting. But starting is always a challenge, so we have some tips on how to start finding that great job after college:
1. Work on your resume.
Before you do anything else, think about your education and work experience.
- What are your strongest skills?
- What are you most knowledgeable about?
- What did you do at your past jobs?
- What did you like best about them?
- What skills did you gain?
Take notes on your thoughts for your own reference, and start constructing a resume. Keep in mind that resumes for recent graduates should be only one page.
2. Go to your college career office.
If you haven’t already, check out what your college’s career services center has to offer. These job market experts are there to help you find a job, and they can even help you with:
- Networking for jobs
- Job interview tips
- Resume writing tips
- Finding an internship
- Choosing the best resume references
3. Scan job sites.
Even if you’re not sure exactly what job you want or where you’ll want to live, start browsing job sites. Click on different opportunities, even if they’re not entry level, so you get a feel for what companies are looking for and expect from applicants and employees. Sign up with sites so you can post your resume. Of course, if you find a job that interests you, apply!
4. Don’t dismiss internships! They’re not just for students.
Not always, anyway. Recent graduates are definitely in demand. Internships always look great on a resume because they show that you’re committed to the work, not just the money. Plus, for companies that like to hire from within, an internship could turn into a salaried job! Just make sure that if you are considering unpaid internships, you can afford to be income-free for a few months.
While finding a job after college may be the last thing you want to think about while savoring these last pre-graduation moments, starting your job search now can help relieve uncertainty you may have about what you want to do and where you want to go. By having a better idea of what’s out there — and starting to apply — the whole process of finding a job after college will be less terrifying, more reassuring, and will make these last few weeks a little sweeter!