Completing any milestone in education is very rewarding. Whether it’s a course, certified program, or even a degree, accomplishing an academic goal is something you should be very proud of! Quite recently, we’ve had many of our own students completing their career training programs and earning their certificates! Congratulations!! If this is you, this also means you are on the verge of starting your new career! Below, we’ve highlighted 6 tips for new grads on the job search!
Create a Professional Online Presence.
Clean up all of your existing social media profiles and keep them professional. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to create an updated LinkedIn account. Also include any personal websites that illustrate your professional skills. For all other social media profiles, use these 5 tips to give your online presence a professional cleanse!
Don’t Put Off Searching.
Many students are tempted to take time off after graduating to relax. You should definitely reward yourself for your academic achievements. Just keep in mind that job searches typically take longer than most people expect. So try to start your job search early on.
Stay Up To Speed With Industry News.
No matter what industry you are looking to work in, there’s likely to be a website or trade publication covering the latest information in the field. Stay up-to-date on industry news so that you are well informed. This will prepare you for networking events as well as future interviews.
Network in person.
Connect with your campus career center and attend networking events. LinkedIn can be an extremely helpful tool for finding nearby networking opportunities if you join discussions in relevant groups. Also, if the school you attended has an alumni association, you should join! The more people you meet in person, the more likely you are to make connections and learn about potential job opportunities! Learn how to prepare for networking events, here.
Show what you’ve learned.
If you just finished school, chances are you do not have a lot of professional experience quite yet. If you have any internships, certificates, or previous jobs under your belt, share your experiences with hiring managers and demonstrate how you would apply what you’ve learned to the new position. It’s also okay to be honest about what you don’t know and address what you hope to learn.
Use Your Time Well.
It may take longer than you expect to find a job. Consider volunteering or even freelancing during your spare time. Volunteering and freelancing can both add to your resume experience and also help with future conversations in both interviews and networking events!
There’s one last major thing we didn’t cover- your resume! We have several articles for updating your resume, but for more detailed insight, we highly recommend enrolling in our online Resume Writing Workshop course!