You have recently graduated college. Congratulations! Now comes another big challenge – finding a job. Looking for a professional position is a new experience, and you might be a bit confused as to how to go about it.
Here are a few tips to help get you moving in the right direction.
1. Creating a brand
A brand is something like your reputation, what you are known for. It is the things that make you unique, what you bring to the table that no one else can.
As a recent graduate, creating a brand may be a bit challenging because you have not had much experience. But there are things you can do to start building your brand. A brand is more than just your academic achievement, but the skills and knowledge you have accumulated in other endeavors as well – playing sports, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, as well as any job experience.
Think about all of your experiences and what you have gained from them. Then, see if you can briefly describe what you can offer an employer because of what you have gained.
2. Using social media
You can be sure that when you apply for jobs, employers will be checking out your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. Make sure they are as professional as possible. You want to use them to establish your brand. Highlight your knowledge and skills and post examples of your work, as well as recommendations from colleagues, supervisors or instructors.
Use social media to help establish your reputation by writing a blog, for example, or commenting on other blogs.
This is how most people land jobs. So you need to begin doing it as soon as possible. Stay in touch with former classmates and professors. Make professional contacts through social media. And go on informational interviews.
It may be a bit difficult to do at first, but the more you do it, the better you will get at it. There is plenty of information online about how to network effectively.
4. Learn new skills
But I just received my degree, you say! That may be true, but in today’s economy, you need to be continually learning. Look at certification programs related to your profession, for example. The more skills you acquire, the more employable you will become.
Plus, it shows employers your drive, ambition and work ethic.
5. Learn how to interview virtually
Virtual interviews are becoming more and more common – and not just because of the pandemic. Companies like the virtual interview because it enables them to narrow down their applicant pool more quickly and saves them money doing it.
So, you need to do your research on how best to handle the virtual interview – the lighting, background, and technology to use, as well as how to best present yourself.
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