Congratulations to the graduating class of 2016! Your hard work has paid off and now you can begin to embark on your next adventure, finding a job.
As you look for your first post-collegiate job, it can be a stressful time. This first job lays the groundwork to your career. The first job may not be your dream position, but will help to get you there. It is important to find a position that will allow you to learn, add skills, and continue to chart your career path. Here are some tips to get you started on the search.
Put together your resume
You may have a resume that worked in undergrad, but now you need to separate yourself from every other graduate. How you format your resume is the first impression you can make on any potential hiring manager.
As you are just leaving school, keep the length to 1 page. If you had internships, that is great! But if not, that is okay too, you had many projects in college that could be included to show your experience. The skills you learned and relevant tools for your field will also be very important to include.
Use your resources; there are many great sites for building a great resume and finding samples. Here is one from Business Insider.
Networking is one of the best ways to find a job. Stay in touch with your college alumni network and attend as many alumni events as possible. Meetup.com is an awesome place to find events that will help you meet people in the industry you want to be in and learn new things.
Update your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn can be a valuable tool to finding career moves. Connect with your former classmates, professors, and people you know. Follow companies that interest you. Building a complete profile with in depth information on your skills and what you want to do will help people find you.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a job lined up yet. The right position will come. Be patient, take your time and find the right one. One that will get you excited to go to work every day and help you to grow. Good luck!