The Best Plan for Finding a Job After Graduation
Are you looking forward to finding a job after graduation? Do you feel like you can’t wait to finally start your life and your career? Maybe you are feeling scared and apprehensive to start adulting now.
No matter how you feel about it, one thing is for sure–You have to do it!
You’ve been preparing for this your whole life up to this point. Here are some tips on how to conduct the best job search, no matter where you are in your career. The same practice applies whether you are just starting out or looking for that corner office.
Good luck and happy job hunting!
Have a Professional Look at your Resume
Once you have a good rough draft of your resume or CV, consider having a professional look at it. He or she will be able to help you polish and finalize it.
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Don’t forget that you will need to tailor your resume for each job you apply for. Basically, this means you need to edit or adjust and rearrange your content so that the most relevant information for the specific job you are applying for it easy to find.
Develop a Routine for Checking Job Postings
Finding a job is a job! You have to work at it every day. Block out time every day to work on your job search. Find some great job boards and sites with job postings and check them every day.
Don’t forget to use social media platforms to find job postings as well.
Related: How to Find Jobs with Social Media
Use Your Network and Reach out to Alumni
Most people find a new job through someone they know–it’s true! Tap into the alumni network while you are still full of school spirit. One of the best ways to do that is through LinkedIn. It is easy to search people who have graduated from the same school as you. Then you can see what fields they work in and where they work. Narrow it down a bit and then reach out to those who may be able to help you. It’s all about who you know.
Related: Are You Using LinkedIn Referrals?
Keep up with industry news
According to Monster.com, even though you don’t have a job yet, you need to stay on top of what’s going on in your field. There are three basic things you should be doing to keep up with industry news:
1. Read trade publications and industry journals
2. Join professional social media groups
3. Follow social media feeds of companies and industry influencers
The news can clue you in to trends in hiring, companies on the rise, and companies going through rough patches.
Prepare for Interviews
Practice, practice, practice. Career Resumes has lots, and lots of high quality blogs and articles for improving your interviewing techniques and landing the job. Check them out!
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