Recently Graduated? Read These 9 Top Tips To Kick Start Your Career/Job Search

The commencement ceremony is, undoubtedly, a major turning point in life. Being a newly-minted grad, the next phase of your life is ‘chasing your dream job’ and setting your career path. Getting out of college can be quite exciting, but stepping foot into the corporate world can be even more fun. That said, everything’s not as rosy as it seems — there’s this much-dreaded, and often unending, ‘job search’ before you hit the office floor.

If you’re here because of the same fear, you’re definitely not alone. But, you don’t have to fret anymore! There are some flawless ways you can make the most out of your job search and land on the right job. Here’s how you can get started:


  1. Start building a professional network: Getting your name out there is the most important part of your job search. This can be accomplished by attending various events and seminars related to your industry and introducing yourself to others through these events. There’s a good chance your prospective employer or someone who can refer you may be there in the room. You should also consider joining some organisations related to your industry and staying in good touch with your professors and school. A recommendation from any of these sources can benefit you greatly!

  1. Create an eye-catching resume, and don’t forget to customise it: Yes, creating a resume is, obviously, important. However, most often you’ll need something more than just a standard resume. Feel free to mix it up and make that resume truly yours, while remembering that readability is very important. So, stick to the standard, legible fonts, which will ensure fewer chances of your application getting rejected due to the applicant tracking systems. Customising the resume for each company and position that you apply for is also equally important. This way you stand out from the rest of the applications because your skill set matches the job descriptions better.

  1. Search all relevant websites offering ‘new-grad’ jobs: There are a lot of helpful job boards that offer new graduates a great place to pitch their interest in a company or apply for an open position. Since almost all your prospective employers are accessible to you in one place, job portals are some of the easiest and effective ways to land your first job. You may consider creating your profile in some of these websites. Remember to update your contact information, a short biography, skills, and any additional information you can provide on these portals, so that you get the most relevant job updates that match your profile.

  1. Utilize social networking for showcasing yourself: While job portals are an easier way to land on any typical job, social networking can do a lot more than that. Create your profile on professional networking websites like LinkedIn, where you can join various group discussions on professional social media groups. This way, you can get noticed by an audience that consists of professionals, entrepreneurs, talent acquisition executives, as well as the directors/CEOs from your Industry. While you can use these platforms to share your photos and posts, just like any other social media site, use these features to showcase your talent and interest in the respective field.

  1. Finding out your Unique Selling Point (USP): There are so many generic job applications that employers often find it very confusing to select between them. Most often, this is because the application does not promise anything to the employer and the applicants do not bring anything extra to the table. By understanding what exactly makes you unique from the rest of the applicants will not only make your application stand out, but also make the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Who doesn’t identify a red apple from a crate full of green apples?

  1. Don’t just send out your resumes. Follow it up too!: You have created a great resume, highlighted your unique selling point, and sent out the resume. Brilliant! But, that’s not all. There’s one more key thing you forgot — to follow it up with a phone call. This will ensure that your resume is hand picked and reviewed, most often, instantly. In case, your profile does not match the expectations of the company, you can also ask them for advice about how you can improve your skills to suit the company requirements. This could not only improve your luck next time but also give a confidence to the employer that you are willing to work on your shortcomings.

  1. Streamline your job search process: Since you’re just out of college, you’ll have a lot to work on, such as creating a resume, portfolio, finding your USP, creating your profiles in the job portals, and professional networking sites. That’s why the job search process in itself is extremely vague and confusing. However, just like you approach a work, you need to organise your ‘job search’ workflow and create a routine. Write down your tasks for the day, week, and month and keep track of everything you’ve done — the number of companies you selected, number of resumes sent, the websites you created your profiles on, the employers that contacted you, and so on. Such a streamlined workflow can be effective in avoiding a confused state of mind, by giving you a framework of what has been accomplished and what needs to be done in the days ahead. The best way to create framework is through organising everything in a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets. Also, dedicate a few hours every day for your job search, networking, and improvising on your resume.

  1. Develop strong soft skills: Rather than wasting days off during the vacation after college, take advantage of your downtime in cultivating additional skills that might be extremely appreciated in your new job. You can get more certifications or get trained in some soft skills, such as interpersonal communication or public speaking. This can give you an edge over the other applicants, as almost all roles require such soft skills, although they’re not mentioned in the roles and responsibilities often.

  1. Open the doors to all opportunities coming your way: Finally, once you’ve sent out your application, you’ll be called for various interviews. Appear well in the interview and be open-minded enough to nod ‘yes’ to the even a part-time job or internship that you’re offered. There is absolutely no harm in taking up any position and getting a hang of how offices work. You may even get hired for a permanent position in the same company, if you’re a good candidate and there’s an opening.

While searching for a job straight out of college, taking the right step in the right direction is more than just a necessity. If you follow these 10 pro-tips, there’s no doubt that success will knock at your doors. ‘Staying positive’ and ‘being persistent’ is always the mantra for job search — your efforts will surely be paid off!

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