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Get to Work: 5 Job Search Tips for Recent College Grads

Hours of studying, tests, projects, and papers have finally paid off: now it’s time to put that newly-minted college degree to work. Getting started in your career is easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve broken down five simple tips to set your job search up for success.

1. REFRESH YOUR DIGITAL PRESENCE

93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s presence on social media before making a hiring decision. So, it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate how you’re using these platforms when on the job hunt.

For some, this might mean putting your profile on private to avoid a glimpse into your social life altogether. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell them about those freshman year photos). For others, social media might play an important factor in showcasing your creativity. In fields like marketing or design, this means establishing a strong personal brand. A personal brand helps employers can get a better feel for your capabilities and how you’d fit in with their team.

2. PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE

You knew this one was coming: the often-dreaded networking event. Although it might feel a little uncomfortable to put yourself out there, studies show that nearly 85% of open jobs are filled through networking activities. Think about it, are you more likely take a recommendation from a friend, or go through the effort of researching something on your own?

Start by finding local networking events via sites like Eventbrite or Facebook. You should also reach out to friends, colleagues, and family members to see if they know of any potential job leads – you’d be surprised how many people are willing to lend a hand by simply putting the word out there.

3. BE OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Being open to different positions, industries, or learning opportunities allows for creative exploration, the ability to overcome obstacles. Even further, it offers the opportunity to reach goals and objectives you would have never considered otherwise.

One way you might explore a new field is through an internship. We know, you’re probably ready to hit the ground running and start a full-time gig. However, internships are also a valuable way to learn new skills and gain exposure to new industries without the same feeling of permanency that a full-time position might have. And if full-time work is what you’re after, they can often lead to a long-term position within an organization as well.

4. BE ENGAGED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Why not utilize those skills you learned in undergrad to better the world around you?

Volunteer opportunities are a great way to gain exposure to new industries, contribute to something meaningful, and get inspired. Sites like Volunteer Match or ServeGR are good places to start to find organizations that are in need of help and align with your personal values. Even more, you may even be able to make some new connections along the way.

5. BE RESILIENT

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re on the job hunt. Finding a position that fits your unique skills and values can feel like a very personal thing, but remember: your career journey is only just beginning, and good things are yet to come.

For more tips like this or to speak with someone on our recruitment team, contact EG. info@eg-us.com

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