According to a survey by the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for 2013 college grads sits at 8.8 percent. While the economy is improving, soon-to-be college grads entering the job market may feel apprehensive about finding work after they walk across that stage.
Don’t spend your remaining college career, and the summer, dwelling in your post-grad blues, though. Get motivated today and become gainfully employed with these job search tips!
1. Customize Your Resume and Cover Letter
Help yourself stand out in the job market by perfecting your resume and cover letter. When applying for jobs, pay special attention to the employer’s requirements and tailor your application to the open position. Employers want to see specific accomplishments that make you a valuable candidate.
If you take the time to personalize your resume to each job application, you will improve your chances of landing an interview.
2. Attend Informational Interviews
Now is a great opportunity for you to reach out to your networks and build relationships with people in your industry. If you didn’t attend informational interviews while in college, it’s a good idea to start now and over this summer. College grads who take the time to attend informational interviews will connect with professionals in their industry and learn about more opportunities in their field.
Remember: informational interviews are about making connections and networking. They are not job interviews.
3. Network with Alumi
Alumni are a great group of people to reach out to if you are looking for job opportunities. If you are searching for a job in a particular area, chances are you can find someone you went to school with who will have a connection in your desired field.
4. When in Doubt, Find an Internship
Whatever you do this summer, don’t take time off from developing your career. No matter how many internships you completed as a college student, if you have yet to land a job, apply for post-grad internships!
You will continue to gain valuable experience, and many employers hire their interns into full-time positions.
5. Be Persistent
During your job search, never give up on the jobs you really want. If there is a company you want to work for, put in the extra effort to follow-up on your application and network with their company. Follow them on social media and consistently retweet and comment on posts.
Comment on their Linkedin posts and on their blog. It’s important for college grads to be persistent during their job search in order to stand out in the job market.
While the job market may seek like a scary place for college grads, make sure you are optimistic and confident about your job search. If you follow these tips and put forth the extra effort, you will land a job. Remember, it’s about making the most of your networks and being persistent with your job search.
The job market is waiting for you, but you must be proactive and make opportunities happen!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at ComeRecommended!