If you’ve just graduated college in Redlands, congratulations!
If your parents are wondering when you’re going to get a great paying job and start moving on your way to independence (hint: they want your bedroom back) but you’ve yet to find work, we understand.
Finding work right out of college can be hard. Then again, anything worthwhile usually doesn’t come easy. Still, finding professional work right out of school may not be easy, but it’s very doable.
So whether you’re a recent Redlands college grad or you’re moving into your senior year and want to make sure you have job waiting for you come Commencement 2015, read below for some tips on how to find a great job right out of college.
- If you haven’t done so already, create a profile on LinkedIn.com. List any awards or accolades you’ve received at college or at any jobs you’ve held. Write a summary of the type of position/career you seek and why a company should hire you. Write it so that it comes across as “what I can do for you” rather than “what I want out of a career.”
- Start asking for connections and join groups related to your desired career. Start contributing in a meaningful way to some of the discussions in the groups.
- You may think that employers go to Facebook to look for employees, but they usually don’t go there until they know you in some way (you applied for a job, for example). Then they check out your social media profiles. Employers and recruiters look at LinkedIn for potential employees: you want to be where the employers are looking for you, and that’s LinkedIn.
- If you’re still in school, get an internship. Many internships do result in job offers. At the least, you’ll have the chance to make and grow some professional connections so that, if the company can’t hire you next year, the people you meet can put in a good word for you at other companies.
- Whether you’ve already graduated or you’re going to next year, make your school’s career counselors your new best friends. While this may sound obvious, Forbes.com reported in 2012 that only 20 percent of college students ever visited – even just once! – their college career office. Even if you never use the office for help in writing cover letters and resumes or for help in learning the art of the interview, take advantage of the office’s alumni database. Many of your school’s alumni would be very happy to speak to you about their careers and can help you in yours. Take advantage of this service!
- Join one or more professional groups within the industry you’re interested in and go to local meetings. Offer to volunteer on a committee. Go regularly and take an interest in the people you meet. These can lead to great professional connections.
If you haven’t yet landed a great job out of college, consider signing up with Redlands-area staffing firm Arrow Staffing. Working temporary positions is a great way to get your foot in the door with many of our region’s top employers. Contact us today.