Educated & Jobless? How to find a job after you graduate.

8 Apr

With graduation approaching, I’m receiving more and more questions about how to go about finding a job.  What are you going to do with that 4…5…6 year degree you’ve just earned?

While you may still be wrapping up classes and don’t have time to pound the pavement in the job search here’s what you can do.  Decide what type of jobs you’re looking for; you may even break your interests down into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd career choices.  If you’re at a loss there, you can visit your Career Counselor in the Career Center (make an appointment here).

Then, start building your network.  Why is this important?  Because 80% of jobs are never even posted online; they’re filled through word of mouth and that friend who has a brother-in-law who has a cousin who knows the VP.  Relationships and connections are how you find a job; not by posting 15 generic resumes on Monster.com.

Here are a few practical steps you can take to start building those field-specific connections now:

  • Talk with parents, extended family, friends, people at church, workmates at the gym, anyone near you that will listen.  People often want to help you, they just don’t know that you need help or how.  Share your search with them.
  • Search through your Facebook friends to see if anyone may have connections related to what you’re looking to do.  You may even make a few posts asking for any suggestions people have.  (“I’m looking to get into the athletic training field.  Does anyone have a recommendation for where to start or who I could talk with?”)  Be careful though, you don’t want a current job/internship location seeing a post and thinking you already have one foot out the door.
  • Use current volunteer and internship opportunities to shine; be willing to help with any project they need assistance with, walk around to see who needs filing done, take proactive steps throughout the day to solve recurring problems. They could offer you a paying position at the end or, if nothing else, be a glowing reference for you in the future.
  • Build a solid profile on the professional networking site, LinkedIn.  Start following companies in your career field (they often post available jobs), find groups that you’re interested in, join Liberty’s alumni group, and connect with people who do what you’re looking to do.  Basically, find people you have something in common with and build your network!

If you don’t have resume that you’re ready to give to that awesome connection you make, come by the Career Center to receive a resume critique and advice on how to write a solid resume.  With graduation approaching you want to build a network of like-minded individuals who can help you and whom you can hopefully help (even if it’s later on).  School loans are coming.  What steps are you taking now to help you find a job you love that can also pay the bills?

– Ryan Andrews, Career Counselor

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