What Future College Graduates Should Know About Job Searching
For many college seniors, there are only three short months before they'll be walking down the aisle to receive their diplomas. In those three months, however, the right approach will help them directly succeed in job searching attempts.
Don't fret, jobs are available post-graduation
According to Business Insider, 2014 graduates who don't have jobs lined up yet shouldn't worry. In 2013, only 16 percent of workers had job offers a month before their graduation - and that number's expected to rise. This year's college graduates should see about 8 percent more opportunities in the spring than the previous year did. Landing one of those positions will take a certain approach, however.
Whether they've majored in engineering or journalism, many students are likely considering how to get into a dream job as soon as they graduate. The news source says this is an unrealistic goal straight out of college. Instead, they should develop career paths based on what will help them reach their goals in the future. In the event that a long-desired position isn't made available to them, future graduates should instead see their first job as a springboard that will help them build a network, gain skills and build a resume that may land them that job in the future.
Make a plan
Business Insider also recommends making a plan of action and working from it as soon as possible. Even if it seems that the three months in front of them is short, making each day count will help them make the most of their efforts. Developing a week-by-week plan, even if it only has one small step in each part of the process, will be a huge benefit as it will add structure to the job search. Slowly but surely building up potential opportunities will undoubtedly be a successful strategy, especially in the light of future hiring efforts.
Keeping an open mind to various positions is also a good idea. While the dream job will remain a main point of emphasis for many workers, playing the percentages is just as viable of a strategy. The more applications someone sends to potential employers, the more responses they'll receive, and there's always the potential that they find a completely different job than they expected to take that's perfect for them. Many hiring professionals will admit that many people work in industries completely different than their major would suggest, so it's not necessary to remain in one specific wheelhouse when many more could lend better results.
Know your strengths
YouTern adds that before a graduate knows where to focus their sights, they should self-assess their abilities, skills and experience, and determine where they'll likely see a higher degree of success in the job search as a whole. It might be possible that this process will shine a light on certain focuses a person may not have considered in a specific light, and as such they can better narrow down the industries that will especially appeal to their interests.
While they still have time, it can't be overstated that future graduates should also shape up their online presence. Many industry professionals will turn to social media, popular with college students, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to scope out their potential hires before making a decision about whose application they'll progress with, which makes the strategy they employ vital to their strengths. Not only does this mean any potentially risque information should be wiped clean from a profile, but it should also be retrofitted for the level of professionalism the graduate is aiming to exude. Whether that means simply changing a description or updating a full resume, taking effort to improve this process will mean a lot for long-term hiring potential.