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Here’s How to Find A Post-Graduation Job During A Pandemic

If you are preparing to graduate this spring, you probably have a lot on your plate. Balancing finals and end-of-the-year projects is no easy feat, and the pressure to find a post-graduation job is building. Add a pandemic to the mix, and you have a recipe for a challenging job search. If you want to secure a job before you graduate, here are a few helpful tips.

Earning free certifications

If you are a traditional college student or even a high school senior, your work history is probably a little lackluster. You might have a summer job or two and possibly an internship, both of which are great. However, if you want to rise above your competition, you must bolster your resume. A great way to do that is to earn some free certifications. There are dozens of reputable sites and programs that offer free training and certifications. Not only will this broaden your knowledge about your targeted field, but make you a more marketable candidate. Once you complete these certifications, you can add them to your resume and LinkedIn profile to showcase your knowledge and stand out to recruiters.

Let recruiters know you are open to opportunities

Speaking of recruiters, if you are looking for a post-graduation job, it’s time to let them know! You can let recruiters know you are open to opportunities by turning on a new feature on your LinkedIn profile. This feature signals to recruiters that you are interested in learning about job opportunities, and thus, will encourage recruiters to reach out to you. When recruiters use LinkedIn to search for prospective candidates, they can filter by users who are open to work. So, if you don’t have this setting turned on, you could be missing out on some exciting job openings!

Plus, it gives you this nice filter on your LinkedIn profile picture, which will help you visually stand out to hiring professionals looking to make additions to their teams.

Network with alumni

A great way to find a post-graduation job is to network with alumni. Join alumni associations, groups on LinkedIn with alumni from your school, and connect with them. When you send them a connection request on LinkedIn, send a personalized message with it. They are more likely to accept your invitation if you send them a personal message introducing yourself. Here is an easy example you can use:

“Hi [Insert Name],

My name is [Your Name], and I am a senior at [University Name]. I am looking to build my network with alumni, and I would love to connect!”

This example is super easy to customize and will help you successfully connect with alumni. You can tailor your connection requests to alumni working in similar fields or within companies you wish to work for after graduation. Fellow alumni are typically very eager to connect and help others succeed!

Are you looking for more job-search advice?

These three tips will help you land a post-graduation job and start your career journey off on the right foot. If you are looking for more job-search advice as you navigate this challenging time, check out our candidate resources. We have tons of valuable articles and pointers to help you make this transition successful. Good luck!

The Most In-Demand Entry-Level Jobs in 2020

At the end of this academic year, approximately 6 million American students will be graduating from high school, community colleges, and undergraduate programs. These students will be graduating in a labor market that is looking a little murky right now. It can be discouraging to be graduating right now, with over 43 million Americans out of work and collecting unemployment benefits. However, don’t let all the negativity and bad news shoot down your hopes of securing a great job opportunity. There are tons of employers still looking for great candidates just like you to get to work. Here are some of the most in-demand entry-level jobs needed in today’s job market.

The industries hiring right now

Some industries have been hit harder than others with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. However, some industries are ramping up their hiring during these challenging economic times. According to LinkedIn’s 2020 Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired, these are the top industries hiring right now:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Recreation and Travel
  • Software and IT Services

Healthcare is one of the most resilient industries out there. So, regardless of the current economic conditions, healthcare professionals are in high demand. And this isn’t necessarily nurses or doctors – healthcare organizations need all kinds of workers, such as business analysts, safety professionals, marketers, and product managers, to name a few.

Online retail and transportation/logistics are seeing an uptick in hiring as people are staying home and doing more online shopping than ever before. Moreover, Software and IT services are seeing a massive demand for their products and services as employees work hard from their homes. Video conferencing and other communication tools are skyrocketing right now as we all try to work remotely and remain productive. And finally, recreation and travel are putting people to work to ensure visitors of parks and other recreational activities are keeping visitors safe.

Entry-level jobs in high demand

Now that we know where the hottest jobs are, here is a brief list of some of the most in-demand entry-level jobs:

  • Material Handler
    • Top skills needed: forklift operation, shipping, receiving, order picking
  • Food Service Worker
    • Top skills needed: food prep, customer service, time management
  • Developer
    • Top skills needed: HTML, CSS, Big Data, Git
  • Technician
    • Top skills needed: Electrical troubleshooting, EPA, HVAC
  • Customer Service Specialist
    • Top skills needed: Data entry, time management, customer service
  • Software Engineer
    • Top skills needed: Java, Spring Framework, Hibernate
  • Product Manager
    • Top skills needed: product development, product management, product strategy

These are just a few jobs that are in high demand, according to LinkedIn. Also, these jobs don’t necessarily require any prior experience. Now, these jobs or career paths may not be what you expected when preparing to graduate. Nonetheless, these positions are in high demand and are excellent areas to kick off your career.

Career kickoff resources tailored to you

So, if you are looking for more career advice, take a moment to visit our Career Kickoff series of helpful resources. We have gathered a collection of information, tips, and strategies to help you secure a job, even in today’s challenging climate.

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How to Get A Job Right Out of College

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Congratulations to all the college seniors who are just a few short weeks away from graduating! I know it can be hard to focus on the job hunt with finals approaching, papers to write, and presentations to prepare for.

However, before you start celebrating your final semester, it’s time to start searching for your first step in your career. If you want to have a great job lined up before you even graduate, follow these five steps.

Start early (and be proactive)

This is the first (and most important) step in landing a great job right out of school. You’ve heard the expression “the early bird gets the worm.” This couldn’t be more relevant for students hitting the job market. The longer you wait to begin your job hunt, the more opportunities you’ll miss out on.

The recruiting and interviewing processes are often lengthy and convoluted, so you want to make sure you get a jump start on the competition. Hiring managers typically start the recruiting process early because there are multiple rounds of interviews before a decision is made.

If you start early, you will have plenty of time to review job descriptions, apply for multiple jobs, interview, and evaluate offers, all before those pesky finals and papers start clogging up your schedule.

Work on that resume

To ensure you are at the top of the stack of applicants, you need to create a tailored resume for every job you apply to. Now, that doesn’t mean your resume should be completely different for each job, but you should customize it with keywords and skills that are relevant to the job.

To get started, you should create a generic resume. Add your education, work experience, achievements, and all the other great things about yourself. Head over to your career center on campus and have a career coach take a look at it to ensure everything is formatted correctly. After you have your resume template completed, you can add specific keywords and details that will help you get past Application Tracking Systems (ATS).

By having a template of your resume completed before you start your post-college job hunt, you will be ready at a moment’s notice to apply for any job you come across. After all, being prepared is half the battle!

Get social

I am sure most of you already have a LinkedIn profile. However, you need to optimize your profile to grab the attention of recruiter and hiring managers. You need to ensure your profile is completely filled out and optimized with specific keywords for your industry.

A good headline will contain relevant keywords to help your profile be more discoverable. For example, a good headline for a college senior seeking a marketing job would be “A marketing professional seeking new opportunities.”

You also need to become an active member on LinkedIn. Join groups and participate in discussions. Publish articles directly on LinkedIn about experiences you’ve had at your internship or interesting discoveries from a research paper. By being active on LinkedIn, you’re more likely to find job opportunities and you show recruiters that you’re knowledgeable in your field.

Be open-minded

In all honesty, you probably won’t land your dream job right out of college. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t land a great job that will lead you on the right path!

Don’t hesitate to apply for numerous jobs. The more you apply, the more experience you gain in the recruiting process. Your first job is your chance to explore a new field and grow as a professional; don’t be discouraged to apply to a bunch of different jobs! And if all else fails, if you get a job offer that you’re not sold on, it’s perfectly okay to kindly decline it and keep hunting.

Partner with a recruiter

If you really want to gain exposure to numerous job opportunities, partner with a recruiter! Recruiters will help you through the interviewing process and increase your odds of getting hired.

Don’t be afraid to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn. This is a great networking opportunity! Recruiters love connecting with prospective candidates and most are happy to share career advice with you.

If they don’t have something for you now, they likely will before you graduate. And guess what? They’ll remember you a will reach out to you when they have an opportunity that is a great fit!

Good luck and happy hunting!