We have a guest post today from Kate Gredley. Kate knows long job searches. She spent 5 agonizing months as a substitute teacher and a part-time waiter before finally landing her first job after graduation. Check out this article for some great insights!
Congrats! You’ve graduated college. Now you must locate an epically successful and fulfilling career. So the job search begins…days, weeks, and months pass. And that excitement that you were riding in the wake of receiving your accounting, information technology or marketing degree fizzles. Don’t worry. Even with the unemployment rate of 7.6% in the United States, you can locate a job to begin your career. Here are a few tactics to help you land that job.
If you haven’t found a job after weeks or months of searching, you may be presenting yourself in a manner that put off your interviewers. You should review your resume, cover letter, online portfolio, and your past interviews. If any of these areas are lacking, you should endeavor to fix the problems before you set out to find a job. If there is nothing wrong with your current job search strategy, you should still find ways to improve it. Remember to land a job in a hard job market; you must prove that you are the best applicant for the job.
You can increase your chances of locating a job by teaching yourself skills relevant to your chosen trade. To determine what skills you should teach yourself, I would reflect on what skills past interviewers wanted you to have. If you teach yourself those skills, you can strengthen your resume, and make yourself a stronger candidate than your competition.
Your relationships can be a vital resource. Relatives, friends, colleagues, and old professors can point you towards job opportunities. The more people you have looking for job opportunities, the higher your chance that one of them will pan out.
If a job opportunity becomes available at the company that your friend or relative works at, you should determine if he or she is willing to be one of your references. Due to the fact that the employer already knows the individual is hard working and honest, they might be more likely to give their endorsement more credit. This can give you a vital edge.
You can use social media like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to impress any potential employers. Career Builder estimates that 2 in 5 companies are looking at applicants social media accounts before making their final decision. If you know this fact, you can tailor your social media accounts in a way that will impress your future employers. Here are a few tips to create a to-die-for social media account: • All topics, pictures, and posts should be professional. • You should post information that backs up your resume. If you mention a research project, you might want to tweet about it or share the finished product on your Facebook account. • Make use of your liberal arts education by writing about a variety of topics on your social media profiles. Employers love well-rounded applicants. • All posts should be grammatically correct. No text lingo! Employers will assume that you have poor communication skills if you compose all of your posts without any concern for grammar or spelling.
We all have our dream jobs. The problem with dream jobs is that they can extremely hard to achieve—especially if you have no experience in your chosen field. At some point in the job search, you may need to locate a job outside your chosen career. Remember money is money and experience is experience. You can keep your finances healthy, build up your resume, and continue to search for a better job.
Job searching can be a hard task. A task made even more difficult by the shortage of jobs available in the United States. Even if you have to settle on a job outside your chosen career for a while, you will eventually locate that job that will jump start your career.