Congratulations, new grads! You’ve worked long and hard on your accomplishment. Degree in hand, you are off and running into the job market – you and millions of other new graduates.
The competition is fierce. Even though the job outlook is relatively good for those leaving college behind and entering the workforce in 2017, finding a new job is not easy and my take some time.
It’s a numbers game when it comes to the applications you may need to submit to get an actual interview followed by a job offer. You may have to submit 100 applications to get 10 interviews that may yield only one bona fide offer. That may sound like a lot and may shatter illusions you have about the rapidity of landing your dream job now that you have the degree that you were sure would open all of the right doors.
But don’t be dismayed. Today’s job search activities involve more than just searching for and applying to jobs, such as networking. Plus, there is help with the tiresome job of finding the right opportunities and completing all of those applications. We’ll get to that, but first, here are some tips to keep your head above water and give you advantages in your search.
- Have a realistic understanding of the how long it might take to find your first professional gig. Lucky are those that land their ideal job right out of the college gate, so expect your search to span months rather than weeks. It may take on average 7.5 months to find a new job for even the most skilled professional.
- Take all of the help you can get from your university career services. Ask for help crafting your resume and cover letters.
- Find a mentor. Ask a more seasoned professional for guidance in your search and career growth. People love to share their wisdom.
- Work your contacts and build your network. Networking is key today. You should ideally spend most of your time on networking, interview preparation and career development and only 10 percent or less of your job search time on online activities. Start with who you know and ask them to introduce you to contacts in their own networks. Network with college professors, family friends and relatives, neighbors, your college classmates who have already landed positions – anyone who may help refer you for opportunities.
- Get to know yourself. Understand your greatest strengths and develop a pitch to sell them.
- Practice interviewing so that you sound natural and confident and can answer all of the tough questions in a positive light.
- Create a job search support group of recent grads to share tips and provide positive encouragement throughout your search.
- Believe in yourself. No matter how many rejections you get, there is a “yes” waiting for you out there. Stay the course.
Now back to the help you can get to win the numbers game and keep your job search on track. One way you can be more effective and efficient is not to just find job postings, but to find the right ones with little effort. The second is to eliminate the time spent completing applications.
Submitting applications is necessary. You can’t exclude that chore, but you can get it done without doing the work yourself. And let’s be honest; wouldn’t you rather spend your time doing more differentiating job search activities or doing whatever matters most to you?
This is where Fridayd comes in as a technology solution that searches for the most highly relevant job opportunities, completes and submits applications on your behalf, uncovers networking connections for you…and keeps your job search on course without missing a beat until you find the position that is right for you.
Hundo p this is the best way to keep your job search moving and beat the numbers game.