The moment you walk across the stage to receive your diploma can be both the happiest and the scariest time of your life. While graduating is amazing – it’s often seen as the gateway to ‘adulting’. There are new, very real, problems associated with being a college graduate… and we’re here to help you tackle the main one: finding a job.
keep calm… companies are still hiring!
In recent years, only about 20 percent of graduating seniors had accepted a full-time job offer before graduation. So guess what that means… you’re not alone. The truth is that many companies won’t recruit seniors until just before graduation – like literally 2-3 months prior to the big date. This is common because growing companies and fast-paced firms have constantly changing hiring needs. So don’t panic, start apply!
be open-minded – there are options
The most important thing you can do for your job search is to keep an open mind, especially when it comes to exploring different industries and corporate environments. If you’re still feeling confused consider working with an executive recruitment firm like GoBuyside. Not only will an executive recruiter work proactively to find you work, but they’ll also be focused on finding you the right fit! After all, they want it to work out for both you and the company – most often their reputation depends on it.
find a mentor
I believe in mentorship. In fact, I believe it’s essential to your professional development and growth. Having someone that’s been in your shoes and overcome obstacles and roadblocks can be priceless to your career journey.
own your experience
You may not have 3-5 years of work experience, but let’s be honest you have learned valuable skills and lessons during your time at college. Whether you led a group simulation to success or you provided ‘exceptional customer service’, during your time as a server at a local restaurant, don’t leave anything out. Maybe you were a nanny that had to plan, be organized, keep up with multiple schedules and juggle several tasks at once. Guess what… these are great characteristics for a Project Manager.