Many college students are concerned about the job market and whether they will be able to quickly find a job after graduation. New college graduate jobs are still not as plentiful as they once were, with unemployment remaining relatively high. Are you graduating from college this year? It’s a good idea to have a post-graduation job search plan ready before you graduate from college.
Make a plan
Searching for new college graduate jobs can be a time consuming process. Making a plan that accounts for each step in the job search process, along with the time frame when you need to complete each step, can help you find the job you want after graduation. The first part of your plan should involve determining what jobs you will pursue:
•Identify the type of new college graduate jobs you are seeking
•Consider the type of organization where you would like to work (non-profit, government, small business, large corporation, etc.)
•Decide the locations where you would like to work or are willing to work
The next part of your plan should involve a timeline for action:
•Create a carefully written and edited resume
•Set up profiles on relevant professional sites
•Contact prospective employers to express interest and inquire about possible openings
•Consider an internship either before or after graduation
•Begin using resources like FirstJob to network
•Start sending resumes and applying for positions before you have graduated if you want to find a job soon after graduation
•Review your resume critically to identify any gaps or weaknesses you can address before you start your job search
Follow your plan
It’s true that plans sometimes need to change, but once you have made a post-graduation job search plan it is important to stay on track. Putting off important steps in your job search plan will leave you in a rush as graduation approaches and you still need to find a job. Sticking with the plan will make sure the important steps in your job search are taken at the right time. Being prepared and organized in your job search can give you an advantage over other graduates who are not ready and did not plan ahead.