Recently, I attended my daughter’s college graduation. The auditorium was filled with energy and faces of young people who were eager to pursue their dreams. It was a wonderful day filled with hope and promise.
After the ceremony, I was able to talk with many of the graduates. They were so proud of their accomplishment and beaming with excitement; yet when I asked for specifics regarding employment, they were overcome with doubt. Most had not yet secured a position and many of them still weren’t sure which career direction to take.
As someone who has recruited at the college level for a number of years, I encouraged each graduate to not settle for just any job and I told them to build their network. I also gave the graduates the following tips for looking for a job:
- Make a list of everyone you know and try to connect with them on LinkedIn.
- Finalize your resume and get the word out to everyone that you are looking for a job.
- Schedule coffee and lunch with network sources and pick their brains on their own career progression.
- As you meet with people, ask about the type of jobs that are out there.
- Start to make a list of job choices that you are not interested in (but stay open minded).
- Look for job opportunities on LinkedIn, Indeed and websites.
- Accept any offers to interview. Interviewing is a great way to find out about open positions and a chance to practice interviewing.
Finding a job is a job in itself; it is hard work. Graduates should make a plan and schedule each day with action items (resume writing, career fairs, coffee/lunch with networks, wring a LinkedIn profile, etc.) that will lead you closer to finding your ideal job (a career). It is important as a recent graduate to not get complacent; stay disciplined in finding the right first job out of college to help launch your career.