Congratulations on graduating! Finding a job after college can be daunting. Here’s five tips that will help you get your name out there
Use More Than One Job Board
What most people don’t realize is that employers pay subscriptions to view your resume on those job boards – and they don’t subscribe to all of them. Since it’s free for you to put your resume up, be sure to put it on all of them. There’s LinkedIn, but also Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, CollegeRecruiter, and more. There’s also sites just for internships and for specific fields, like finance, tech, and healthcare.
Clean Up Anything Online
Approximately 89% of employers will consider your social media during the hiring process, so make sure your LinkedIn profile is up and filled out. Put your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook on ‘Private’ and carefully choose who you’ll send your Snapchat Stories. Be sure to delete stories and posts that might be potentially embarrassing. Conversations you have online are not considered private unless the profile is actually set to private.
Learn How To Network
Reach out to everyone who might be helpful, including your alumni network! The wider your network, the more opportunities you’ll find! If you have an idea of what companies you might want to look for, see if anyone might have a connection they could introduce you to. This is something you’ll do throughout your career, so be sure to start soon and make the most of all these connections.
Never Underestimate the Power of the Resume and Cover Letter
Make sure you have a professional email address on your resume, preferably your name. Make sure your cover letter and resume are tailored to the position you’re trying to acquire. Try to write both of them showing how you can fill their company’s needs, and not about what activities you did in college that are unrelated to the industry. Keep each of them to one page apiece and keep the font the standard size. Be sure to save your resume with your name in the title, like: Tom-Smith-Resume.doc and not just “resume” so your information can be found in the employer’s ATS (Applicant Tracking System). And don’t use tables or charts unless you have to, since those don’t translate well to job boards.
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