Monday Motivation: Graduates, it’s time to take action!
It’s August 1st and that means that we are approaching the last leg of summertime. For recent graduates, that means it’s time to soak up that last bit of sun and, if you have not already done so, shift your job search into high gear.
The competition is fierce and it’s time to perfect your resume, brush up on your interviewing skills, and get yourself out there! The good news is that you can look forward to the best job market in years, with employers expected to hire about 5 percent more graduates from the class of 2016 than the previous year, according to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Here are some suggestions we have curated for you from Forbes and other reputable business publications that should have you well on your way to your post-graduation job:
– Do a personal “SWOT” (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis. Make sure you know your strengths and provide examples to employers of how you could a contribution to their company.
– Target employers strategically. So many young graduates make the mistake of either applying for roles solely in one industry or they apply for everything. The most effective approach is to think about the jobs you are interested in and qualified for and look within different industries.
– Don’t limit your search to job boards or similar sites. You can learn about jobs by many different means including: Connecting with alumni, following organizations on social media, looking at a company’s “Careers” page or connecting with your ever so helpful local recruiter…like us!
– Consider temporary assignments or paid internships. Experts agree that doing some type of work is better than not working at all. Plus, you can continue your search and build your network and skills in the meantime.
– Reach out to your networks! Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and utilize it to connect with professionals and friends who can help you expand your network.
– Demonstrate your interest, knowledge and passion for the organizations you are applying for and interviewing with. We have heard so many employers say that as much as they are looking for a specific skill sets, they are truly seeking someone who is excited about working for their company and wants to be in a particular role.
– Make sure that your social media presence online is professional. Use your settings to ensure that only your friends have access to personal contents, but still be careful about what you post.
– Finally, for recent grads without work experience, emphasize your interpersonal skills. Job hunters who are great communicators, team players and have strong business insights will shine.