After all the hard work involved in graduating from college, your battle isn't quite over. You now have to put in effort to land a great first job in your field of choice, which can be harder than anticipated. After all, many jobs require more experience than you are likely to have as a recent graduate. Just follow these four tips to overcome common hurdles in the search for your first post-college job:
Sign Up with a Job Placement Agency
A job placement agency like Career Personnel can be an amazing ally in your job search. Unlike temp agencies, a job placement agency typically places job seekers in full-time permanent positions. This is great because it will help ensure your first position after college is a secure one that comes with benefits. The job placement agency will review your resume, interview you, possibly give you skills tests, and act as a liaison between you and companies who are hiring.
Try Freelancing on the Side
For many professions, freelancing on the side is a great way to build a work portfolio (to demonstrate experience) and earn money at the same time until you land a full-time gig. Freelancing sites like Upwork let you upload a portfolio, take skills tests, and bid on jobs in areas including writing, web design, coding, translation, and more.
Put Together a Killer Resume
Your resume should be concise (aim for one complete page for an entry level resume) and list your experience and skills in an organized manner. Since you probably don't have a lot of relevant work experience, be sure to list relevant coursework, including any awards you won or papers you published, in your Education section. If you can afford it, it's often worthwhile to pay a professional resume writer to put your resume together for you, but otherwise be sure to have a friend or two look it over before you send it out.
Be Social Media Savvy
During the fun days of college, your social media profiles are bound to contain some photos and posts that are more rowdy than professional. Remember that potential employers often Google their job candidates, so make a thorough and judicious edit of your public profiles. Changing your privacy settings so that only friends can see what you post is also a great idea. On the positive side of social media, you should definitely set up a professional profile on LinkedIn, and use it to scout for jobs, follow companies you're interested in working for, and network.
By following these tips, you will be giving yourself every advantage possible, helping to ensure you quickly land a great job.