[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own.]
Congratulations on your shiny new degree! The next phase of your life has begun for you, which is to find a job!
Leaving behind four years of extracurricular activities, academic work, and homework to enter the world of job interviews, office schedules, and adulting is both exciting and terrifying. However, if you put in the necessary effort and preparation, you can swiftly and successfully find your first post-graduation employment.
You can be in a difficult situation when applying for your first job. Employers may seem to want both years of relevant experience and appropriate education, but how can you mix the two? The short answer is probably not, but if you follow the advice in this article, you can still overcome the challenge of how to acquire your first job.
Tips for Your Post-Graduation Job Search
Anxiety about finding a job after graduation is a problem that is becoming more and more prevalent among students who are set to leave school to pursue a career. And the main question is how long does it take to land a job once you graduate?
Depending on the market and the level of competition, it typically takes a few weeks to months. In addition to varying from person to person and depending on a variety of factors, certain jobs are more competitive than others. I got my first job 7 months after graduation.
Not having the necessary skill set, being shy, or working in an industry that is facing layoffs are some typical reasons why it could take longer for certain people to obtain a job. However, there are things that you can do to improve your chances of finding employment quickly after graduation.
Define your job goals
As you search for jobs, conduct your career research. It’s okay if you don’t already know what you want to be when you grow up. When I was 7, I told my grandma I wanted to be a teacher. Then I realized that I’m an introverted person who isn’t good at public speaking, let alone teaching someone or a group. And I grew up typing, playing, and searching for things on my computer.
After graduation, I found that I’m more comfortable working in front of my computer. Then I got my first job as a marketing assistant and a personal assistant. Two years later, I turned my passion into a career. Now I enjoy my job as a translator and a content writer.
You know, it’s common for new grads to have multiple, if slightly vague, career ideas. Your job search will be more focused and ultimately effective the more you specialize your career ideas. Job descriptions can give you an idea of what different roles in different fields entail.
Learn more about each job type after you’ve focused your search on a handful. Reach out to your network to find people who work in your ideal position or at the organization you want to work for. Contact them on LinkedIn or inquire about any tips they may have for a new graduate wishing to enter their field of work. You may receive valuable feedback or even a referral for a job opening.
When you find out that recruiters generally spend just a few seconds looking at your CV before deciding whether you are worth further consideration or not. You’ll see how important it is that you cut through the bluster and get to the point of why you are a serious candidate.
Customize your resume
You can tell your professional life story through your CV. It condenses your qualifications and experience into one or two pages. You probably won’t have everything you need to create an excellent résumé as a recent graduate, but you may still start the process.
But picturing how you want your resume to appear in the future can inspire you to take the necessary action, such as joining that student organization or starting your industry-specific volunteer work, for instance.
However, using the same resume for each job is a rookie mistake. I’ve read somewhere that many employers use applicant tracking systems to screen candidates quickly and efficiently. While it’s not a good idea to overstuff your resume with useless keywords, you should nonetheless modify it to fit the requirements of the job.
You can also put your resume on LinkedIn. Through LinkedIn, I received regular translation projects; novel translation, game localization, subtitling project, etc. Not only that, it’s easier for recruiters to contact you about job opportunities when you put your job experiences with the right keywords.
To help show that you’re a good fit for the role, start with your resume and make sure to rework it using the keywords from the job posting. Another idea is also to create a graphic resume maker to make sure your resume stands out. Make sure your references are still useful and reachable at the specified email and phone numbers, and always include a personalized cover letter when applying for a position.
When it comes to applying, less is often more. Even if it’s simple to apply for a job with the touch of a button thanks to technology, make sure it’s something you actually want and are qualified for by reading the job description and researching the firm.
Does this position actually fit your skill set? Do you think you would like to work for this company? If so, you should apply. If you have any doubts, consider skipping it. You’re better off continuing your search than wasting time on writing a unique cover letter and resume for a job that makes you unhappy.
Monday is the ideal day to seek a job. Set an alarm and start your week with a good search, whether it’s because you’ll feel refreshed and renewed after the weekend or because more businesses advertise then.
It’s probable that you already know what you want to do after graduation if you’ve completed the important task of selecting a college major. By doing this, you’ll be in a strong position to take the next crucial step and start building relationships with experts in your industry. Believe it or not, college can be a fantastic starting point for establishing professional relationships that will be very beneficial to your future job.
Unfortunately, not all students take advantage of these chances to network with people who can help them when they graduate. They might, however, only be focused on finishing the requirements for their degree and getting a diploma.
Make the most out of your college experience by getting to know your professors, participating in student organizations in your academic field, and visiting your school’s career services department to keep informed of new networking opportunities.
Finding a job after graduation may seem like a daunting task. But as time goes on, you’ll gain useful experience and new job-searching skills. The entire route is laid out in front of you, making this the most exciting time of your career. With any luck, your track record of success combined with the tips above will put you on the road to a prosperous job and a lifetime of career success!