First the good news. According to a recently released Q-2 employment outlook survey of US companies, 77% of employers are optimistic and expect hiring to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.
The challenge for new grads will be to compete with those in the job market who have degrees and experience. Here are my recommendations for a successful launch.
Start your job search early. People often underestimate the length of time it takes to find a job. Triple the amount of time you think it will take and you will be close to the mark.
Spend the time it takes to create a professional resume and LinkedIn profile. If you aren’t sure how to do this, get help from a career coach. You (or your parents) have spent a bundle on your education. Don’t nickel and dime yourself into a longer than necessary job search because your tools are inferior. A strong resume and LinkedIn profile can open doors. Of course, you must deliver the goods during the interview; taking the time to create a solid resume will prepare you to do just that!
Line up your references now. Share your resume and LinkedIn profile with them. Ask them to jot down three or four sentences that describe their experience working or interacting with you. Compile the statements on one reference sheet complete with each person’s name and contact information. Include your name and contact information in a header at the top that matches the header on your resume. Now you have a sales tool that you can email or…