On the sixth ‘Day of Kforce’,
From our staffing company,
SIX job search steps for new grads.
Between studying for finals, picking up their cap and gown, and enjoying their final days as a student, the “real world” tends to sneak up on many graduates. Sooner or later, they must begin the next chapter of their lives, and with that comes the job search. Some meet this with fear, while others are excited for what is to come, but no matter what job they are applying for, there are six steps that all new graduates should take. Kforce’s Social Media Marketer, Megan Singh, offers six questions new college graduates should ask themselves before beginning their post graduation job search.
1.) What does your Facebook profile say about you?
New college graduates beware: nothing is off-limits. In today’s day-in-age, you would be hard-pressed to find a college student who doesn’t have a Facebook profile. We would all like to provide the best first impression possible, but the reality is that someone’s first impression of you may very well be from your online profile.
Take a second to imagine a stranger is looking at yours – between photos, wall posts, and check-ins, what would be their first impression of you? You wouldn’t want a potential employer to see anything that could hinder your chance of being offered the job, so it’s important to update your privacy settings regularly. Social media is an evolving channel and privacy settings from last year, last month, and even last week may become outdated without you knowing.
2.) Have you completed your LinkedIn profile?
LinkedIn certainly doesn’t hold the same popularity as Facebook among students, in fact, some may not have even heard of the site. Recognize that LinkedIn is your friend! Sign up and complete your profile with as much detail as possible. Simply stating your name, college, and location is not enough to impress hiring managers.
Start by connecting with previous employers, teachers, family, friends, other members of associates and/or clubs you were a member of, even other members of your sorority or fraternity. Did you build a relationship with a particular professor? Ask them for a recommendation. Remember, while your best friend may be on Facebook, hiring managers are looking on LinkedIn!
3.) Are you taking advantage of who you know?
You’ve begun networking online; now begin networking in-person. Enlist your friends and family to help get the world out that you’ve graduated and are looking for work. But first, make sure they have a clear understanding of your desired industry and what skill-sets you possess. The best way to get your foot in the door is through a personal referral.
4.) Is your resume relevant?
If you are applying for your first job, chances are your resume may look a bit bare. Make sure that the information you are including is relevant to the job for which you are applying (it’s okay to have some free space). Limit the amount of high school information you list, especially if you were active in college. While you may feel compelled to include awards, sports teams and clubs, this information tends to lose value over time.
5.) Do you really have appropriate interview attire?
Sure, you may have a nice pair of pants or a trendy blazer, but do you really have interview-ready attire? This isn’t the time to look fashionable, leave bright colors and distracting jewelry at home. Solid, classic colors are preferred and skirt or dress length should be taken into consideration. Iron your outfit the night before and use your best judgment when it comes to your shoes: men should opt for professional style like loafers, and women should stick with a moderate heel size.
6.) What should you bring with you to an interview?
Never arrive to your intervew empty handed! Make sure you are prepared to bring everything asked of you – at the very least, a copy of your resume to reference, as well as enough copies for each person you will be meeting with. Bring examples of work you have done in the past that are relevant to this position, this may include examples of your writing from college or projects you worked on. Make sure you have a pen and notepad as you may have deliverables following your interview.
Even the most seasoned professional may not have a perfect plan for their job search. However, being thoroughly prepared can only help your chances. Remain confident in your abilities, optimistic about the next phase in your life and understand that we’ve all been in your shoes!