Finding a job after graduation has become increasingly more difficult in recent years. Here are five tips from Essex Partners to help recent grads increase their chances of landing one.
1. Be clear about what you want and what you bring to a job
The more clear you are about the type of industry and position in which you are interested, the more your connections will be able to help you. If you don’t have a general idea of what you want to do, tools such as ONetonline.org can help you explore different occupations as well as the skillset needed for each position. Think about what you like to do and what you are good at. Know your strengths and be comfortable talking about them with others.
2. Translate the skills you acquired at college or a summer job onto your resume
You may not have had a full-time job before, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have experience. Any work you have done in the past, whether it be as a volunteer or during a summer job, can be used on your resume, if it is related to your industry. For example, if you were a waiter, you most likely have customer service skills and experience working in a fast-paced environment. Look at the skillset needed for each position and whether any of the skills you have acquired are related.
3. Leverage LinkedIn for contacts and information
Business networking sites such as LinkedIn are becoming important tools for Human Resources professionals and recruiters. Having a free profile on LinkedIn can increase your visibility in the job market and help you find contacts who may be able to assist you in your search. Make sure both your photo and content is professional!
4. Have a strategy for each networking meeting
Before you have a networking meeting, think about your goal. What do you want to find out? How can your contact assist you? Networking is not about asking for a job, but about gathering information, asking for advice and possibly getting introduced to other contacts who can help you. Be sure you know what three things you want to convey about yourself; what do you want them to remember about you? After the meeting, always follow up to thank your contact for taking the time to speak with you and use this opportunity to reiterate your capabilities and any next steps.
5. Research companies and people before you meet them
Always prepare before you have a networking meeting or job interview; do your research. Taking the time to understand the basics of a company can set you apart from other job applicants and help you feel more prepared before an interview.
This gallery is courtesy of Boston-based, Essex Partners which specializes in senior executive and C-Suite career transition.