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With a decrease in overall unemployment and the emergence of new job opportunities, the job market for entry-level positions appears to be quite promising. Though it may pose a challenge, securing your first job after college is definitely attainable.
Many factors impact your ability to find a job after graduation – your major, where you would like to work (as in location), and the work experience you had during college.
Narrowing down your search and honing in on specific job opportunities can significantly increase your chances of securing your ideal position.
If you are still in college:
If you are still in college (even if you are a Senior) there are still many things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job when you graduate. In some instances (rare, but not impossible), you might even have a job offer before you graduate.
Internships – If you haven’t done any internships during college, it’s not too late. Or maybe you did do some internships but want more experience. Either way, you can do an internship between terms or even the summer after you graduate. Leverage your college career office or use one of the many internship sites (check out 5 Steps to a Great Internship – Create Your Target Lists)Ready to score your dream job after college? Check out these essential tips to set yourself up for success! #CareerGoals #JobSearch #CollegeGradClick To Tweet
Work-study – A work-study program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students to finance the costs of their college education. However, the secondary (and more important) benefit is that they give you real-world experience. Even if the experience is not perfectly aligned with your major, it will still look good on
College Abroad – There are many benefits to studying abroad for a semester (apart from living in another country). Many employers like candidates with an international background. Many colleges have these programs and there are also companies that specialize in finding these opportunities. Take a look at US News’ ranking – Study Abroad
If you just graduated
Okay, you’ve already graduated and now it’s time to find a job. Getting started can be difficult, but once you have a plan (see below, the rest starts to fall into place).
Job Search Planning
- Planning for Your Job Search
- Finishing Your Job Search Plan Lists
- Putting Your Job Search Plan to Work
Networking is an often-underestimated aspect of job searching. By letting former colleagues, friends, family, and business associates know that you are actively seeking employment, you can tap into a valuable source of potential job leads. Though it may seem daunting, building a network doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. By following some basic networking principles and utilizing effective methods, you can create a strong, reliable network that can significantly improve your job prospects.
Quality, not quantity, is key when it comes to networking – even a small but targeted network can yield impressive results. So, if you’re looking to land your dream job, be sure to tap into the power of your network and start expanding your opportunities today!
Don’t make excuses, create your network list and start putting it to work. Who to include on your network list:
Research – Much information is readily available via the web (such as – is the company financially sound, do they have any workplace violations, etc.). Some information is subjective and may not be in print, but if you ask around you will get the answers you need to make your decision. You should create a list of companies where you would like to work based on your knowledge of their corporate culture, products you admire, or a good fit with your career choice. Take a look at 5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd.
When it comes to finding your first job after college, a proactive approach is often the key to success. This means making job hunting your full-time job, and dedicating yourself fully to the task at hand until you secure the right opportunity. While it can be a challenging and time-consuming process, there are many resources available to help you along the way.
One important step is to leverage online job search platforms and professional networking websites to expand your reach and connect with potential employers. Additionally, it is critical to ensure that
With the right attitude and a willingness to put in the work, you can find the perfect job to launch your career after college.