With April almost over and exam seasons wrapping up, college students in their final year can practically feel graduation in their reach!
College students are preparing to leave the comfortable bubble the campus that they’ve known for four or five years, and branch off to find jobs in their respective field.
But, what happens when you’re a recent graduate and can’t find seem to find a job? With thousands of graduates expect to finish school at the same time there are major competition for available positions. Here are some next steps to prevent you from feeling discouraged in your search for a job.
Check out your College Alumni Department
Your school most likely has alumni programs and services that help their current students connect with former students. Throughout the year, they often host networking events inviting former students an opportunity to share what they are up to. Chatting face-to-face with those who are working in the field of work that you’re interested in pursuing will help you gain an understanding on how they were able to get to where they are now.
LinkedIn is your friend
I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again — LinkedIn is an amazing platform. I have absolutely no shame in creeping people’s profile of those who are in positions that I aspire to achieve, and I don’t think that you should either.
Want to be the CEO of a major fashion company? Look at their profile.
Want to be an accountant? Look at someone’s profile in that current position.
Want to be a nurse at an established hospital? Look at someone’s profile in that current position.
Review their stepping stones and previous positions that they did to get into their current position. And don’t be afraid to reach out and establish a connection to further discuss their employment. At the end of the day the worst thing they can do is decline.
Try to prevent being stressed out
I know it’s easier said then done, but hear me out.
As a recent graduate, we often feel like we need to be in a rush to get a job as soon as we step foot off of campus. Heck, some friends in your group may get a job right away and you may be sending out resumes only to receive radio silence. And to be honest – -it will sting and it will suck.
However, it’s important to not rush into a position for the sake of saying that you have a job. Sticking to a mindset that there is a position out there that will give you the skills and experience that you need to excel in your career.
Once you develop that mindset, you’ll have a clearer focus on your search for a job.
Good luck on your job search, and remember that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.