For thousands of students, this spring was a time of transformation. In an instant, by walking across a stage and receiving a piece of paper, the real world began. The next step involves the job searching process, but following specific advice can make the transition easier to prepare for.
According to Business News Daily, one of the best ways that you can prepare yourself for the job search is to develop a potential career map. By no means does it need to be an iron-clad plan for the next decade and beyond, but it should simply contain some potential goals you look to achieve in one, five and ten years' time. This will help you determine which jobs you're most ready or willing to try, a number of industries you'll be ready to start working in, and give you more opportunities to discover your skills.
With that may come an important lesson, the news source added. Change can be unsettling, but the Federal Reserve of New York found that only 27 percent of college graduates have jobs directly related to their degrees. If you're willing to try something new, or would rather gain more experience before starting your career path, finding a new job or taking a new opportunity can be a great decision. In many cases, the job will be more fulfilling or challenging than you'd expect, and future employers will appreciate the variety of experiences on your resume.
Network, network, network
In college, there's no doubt that you were able to meet new people and expand your network. It's time to take those efforts and push them one step further. Everyone you can think of, from your friends' friends to your professors and even neighbors, can be valuable connections. It may take only the smallest interaction for you to gain access to a new job opening. Whether it's at a local conference or connecting with people on LinkedIn groups, networking can only have positive benefits in the long term.
YouTern adds that there may be new trends hitting the market when it comes to the job search and resume development as well. One change may come from the average resume. Employers will no longer be looking for specific skills to be listed in the future, but certain achievements instead, one expert told the news source. As an experiment, try developing a resume based around your successes and results in various jobs instead of just practices you've learned. By doing so, you'll come away with a better perspective for how you can portray yourself in interviews.
Online presence can pay off in multiple ways
As many as 94 percent of recruiters now vet their potential hires using social networks, which means your online presence — especially your LinkedIn profile — is crucial to your success in the job search. As such, you need to make sure you are representing yourself the best way possible. Ensuring that your social media postings are workplace acceptable, preferably somewhat related to the industry you want to enter, will be beneficial. That way, anyone who checks up on your pages will come away with a great first impression – something that you only get a chance to do once.
That expanded network can come in handy in another way, according to Youtern. Many companies are now using employee-driven referral programs to help them make their hiring decisions. By reaching out to friends or colleagues at locations and companies that you are interested in, you can likely find yourself in position to gain one of these referrals.