Attention recent grads: It’s time to put away the Ramen and step up to the career plate. You’ve come a long way, and the moment has come to put your newly acquired skills and career plan into action.
Graduation can be an overwhelming experience, but the job outlook for 2012 is better than it has been for grads in recent years, so don’t be discouraged. According to CareerBuilder, 29% of employers looking to hire new graduates will offer higher starting salaries than they did last year. We have a few tips for the determined college grad focused on finding their perfect first job (and receiving their first paycheck!):
- Network, network, network – From peers, professors and past employers, establishing a professional network is beneficial for a job seeker. Keep in touch with contacts from internships and your favorite professor, they can act as mentors and guide you on your career path. Attend networking events where you can meet representatives from a variety of organizations looking to hire. Large events may be intimidating, so check out 6 Job Networking Tips for New Grads and you’ll be a networking pro in no time.
- Establish Your Brand – Your resume, portfolio, website and social media profiles need to present a professional image. You’re no longer a student but a budding young professional. Start with developing or revamping these pieces to create your brand. Develop social media profiles that are professional and are suitable for potential employers to view. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Getting Started on LinkedIn: Advice for Recent Grads has introduction tips to set you in motion.
- Consult the Experts – Professional career advocates, like the crew at CM Access, can be a helpful resource to consider. Career advocates are just that – champions, proponents and backers – of your career. They have a large network of clients and are on the pulse of who is hiring, and can put you in front of the right people. They can offer advice on how to spruce up your resume and portfolio to showcase your experience and strengths. The road to finding a job can be tough, but you don’t have to go it alone.
Congratulations on your graduation…and welcome to the beginning of a great career!