The graduation ceremonies are over, which means the job search is on.
With diploma in hand, graduates dream of launching the perfect career, but many find out quickly that it’s a tough job market.
Having a degree doesn’t guarantee you a job immediately after you hang up your cap and gown. (I’m sure many people can attest to this statement, myself included.)
What are some things you can do to get a leg up on the other qualified candidates applying for the same jobs as you?
Here are a few tips for recent graduates looking to stand out in the crowded job pool:
Include relevant keywords in your résumé
Stressed about not finding a job? Elana Lyn Gross’ piece for Monster, “Here’s how to stop panicking and find a job after graduation,” shares ways to relieve your job-related worries.
Here’s one hint: Strong keywords can bring you to the top of the list when applying online.
Do your research and find keywords related to the job description, and be sure to use those in your résumé. You might have to adapt your CV for each job you apply for, but it could pay off in the end.
Never stop growing your network of business connections
According to Margaret Buj’s “9 Job Search Tips for Recent College Grads” piece for LiveCareer, this statement should be heeded by everyone, seasoned professionals included. It’s especially important for recent graduates looking for a way in at a company and beginning their career.
These connections could be potential references for job openings or might be aware of other organizations that are hiring. They can also offer advice for dealing with the exact struggle you’re experiencing. They’ve probably been in your shoes before.
Follow up, people
Your interview isn’t over when the face-to-face meeting ends.
This is Sandi Knight’s final point in her “Landing Your First Post-Graduation Job: 7 Practical Tips” piece for Recruiter.com.
Before you walk out of the interview, make sure you get the email of the hiring manager (if you haven’t already done so). You should not assume that he or she will just contact you. Something as simple as a thank-you email could set you apart and bring you to the top of the list, according to Knight. This shows that you’re interested, and it’s polite business practice.
The Muse’s Katrina Davies pulled responses from LinkedIn for her piece “12 Pieces of Advice for New Grads That Everyone Should Take.” Here are a couple choice responses:
“Learn to hear feedback and never let it fester. Instead consider it, take what works and move on.” – Heather J.
“Develop good time management habits early on. Your workload will only increase with time, and so will your responsibilities. Be ready when they do.” – Alicia M.
Are you a recent grad looking to break into the communications industry? Dolce & Gabbana seeks an editorial PR assistant for North America in New York.
It summarizes the position:
This position plays an integral role in the daily operations of the PR Department and will assist with general administrative and organizational duties. This position serves as a support to the PR & Editorial Director, with the exposure of the Dolce & Gabbana brand through positioning in media.
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