As the spring continues to bring flowers and sunshine, college seniors are coming nearer toward graduation. If you're about to graduate and you're trying to find a job, there's still time to work on your approach. You're not alone in the search, but you can likely come out ahead if you prepare yourself for the future now.
According to College Recruiter, one of the best things you can do before you graduate is to utilize nearby resources. That means heading to your school's career center or a staffing agency for assistance can be heavily beneficial. Career counselors are more than willing to discuss your current standing, your future potential career and better improving your current search. What's more, it's very easy to get in touch and find methods of improvement quickly and easily. Bringing your resume, cover letter or both into a meeting with a counselor or staffing employee can help improve your writing so potential employers will better understand if you're right for the position.
Another resource you can take advantage of is professional networking sites. There are a number of different websites that can provide job search improvements. LinkedIn is the major standby, as it has more than 200 million users, but there are also a number of smaller, industry-specific websites that can help get your name out as well. This doesn't just help for building a professional reputation but will give you access to a wider number of applications, as 77 percent of all job openings or recommendations are posted on LinkedIn.
Networking can be as simple as family
The source reports that you should also work to improve your networking skills. Just coming out of college won't leave you with too many resources. You'll likely know classmates, professors and your friends and family. This alone can be enough to build the framework of a successful networking effort. Connecting with these people will mean they'll be more likely to remember you in the future. Friends can likely refer you to positions at their own companies, while family members may have friends in other industries willing to talk to you. All you need to do is to ensure you branch out with your efforts, as you'll be able to meet more people. The more people you know, the more likely success will become.
Further, don't overlook the potential of staffing solutions. Experts at these companies will be more than willing to work with you and find a contract position. No matter what, you'll have a job right out of college. If the position doesn't feel right for you, you can gain experience while continuing the job search. If things work out, however, you can likely earn your way into a permanent position.
Practice, in multiple ways
The Waltham News Tribune recommends that you also make sure you get practice for working, which can take a number of different forms. In one way, this can mean internships. If you're not ready to enter the workforce immediately, an internship can help build your resume and help you discover how interested you are in a given position. No matter what, you'll gain valuable workplace experience.
At the same time, practice can also mean informal interviews with friends. To prepare yourself for the questions you may be asked, you can ask friends or family to have a mock interview with you. This way, you can gain more information both about the way you approach different questions and what others think potential questions may be. This way, you'll be able to gain confidence before going in for the real deal.