Now that you have graduated, are you on the hunt for your first post-college job? Congrats! Embarking on a new career is an exciting and at the same time terrifying experience. Too many graduates approach their jobs from a strictly financial standpoint – which job pays the most.
It’s understandable that you’re looking for a solid job that will pay your bills since you also want to keep the big picture in mind. To get the best of both, it will take some sharp job hunting skills.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources to help you find that sweet spot where you are really contributing and getting paid a fair amount; the key is to use them wisely.
College Alumni Groups
Tap into your university’s alumni services with your job hunt. They can offer connection, resume, and interview coaching, plus give you a list of job vacancies.
This is also a great opportunity for you to connect with others who may have had a similar degree as you and are in the same boat in terms of searching for that new job! Networking is an essential part of the job hunt process, so time to warm up those communication skills.
If you’re looking to start and grow as a professional, make sure you’re a part of the LinkedIn community.
When you sign up, LinkedIn can import your contacts so you can connect with them through the platform. With this foundation, you can start expanding your network selectively.
Don’t just send a ton of requests, instead search for people who are working in the positions and companies you’d like to apply for.
Looking at their profile, is there a connection you share, perhaps a professor or classmate who is already working there? You can reach out to your mutual connection and briefly explain that you’d like to get their thoughts about the company.
Also, don’t forget to look at your personal connections too…a family friend may give you a heads up about a job that you’d be perfect for.
Professional Organization Sites
Depending on your industry, this can be an incredibly helpful resource. Organizations like CompTIA AITP: Association for Information Technology Professionals, American Medical Association, and National Society of Professional Engineers are few out there.
By being a member, you also expand your network, both online and in person with local and national events. These professional organizations can also give you an ‘in’ with making connections with those working at companies you want to join.
You may have an idea of which companies you want to apply to based on their products or services, but what do you know about their culture? How well do they pay? Do they support their employees and allow them to take on more responsibilities and have critical roles?
GlassDoor can give you an inside peek at what’s going on and give you a better idea if working for that company would be the best fit for you and your goals.
Thoughts on Job Hunting
Getting the perfect job takes effort and time, but it’s well worth it. As you move forward with your career, your network becomes a vital resource.
I’d love to hear from you. When you were hunting, how did you find your job? What sites and resources were the most help?