As a recent graduate, you probably have people asking you all the time, "what are you going to do now that you’ve graduated?" Finding your first job after graduation can be daunting, which is why we're here to help! Whether you want to enlist the help of a Recruiter, want a better understanding of roles available to you, or want to know exactly how to get started, this resource will guide you to finding your perfect job post graduation.
How to search for a job after college
Finding your first job out of college can instill a sense of uncertainty and while there may appear to be an abundance of opportunities available, many recent grads often don’t have the roadmap needed start the process of finding their ideal first job. Take these essential tools into consideration while landing your first job out of school:
- Craft individual resumes for each job application
- Utilize social media to network
- Practice interviewing
- Build unique skillsets to allow you to stand out among the applicant pool
Top freelance jobs for Recent Graduates
If you’re looking for a job that still allows you freedom and flexibility, an entry into the gig economy may be a wise decision. Currently, freelancers represent up to 35% of the entire US workforce and that number is growing steadily.
Whether it’s the appeal of working your own hours, being your own boss, or tackling a variety of different projects to stave off the drudgery of cubicle work, freelancing appeals to many. In fact, if you have the skills and a laptop to spare, freelancing may just be the path for you. Here are a few roles to consider as a Freelancer:
- Software Developer
- Internet Marketing Specialist
- Web Developer
- Freelance Writer
- Graphic Designer
4 things we wish we did after college
Learn from our experience! Post-college graduation is the perfect time to explore all options available to you, especially while searching for your first job.
These are 4 things we wish we did prior to graduating, which we hope you will keep in mind before going straight into a fulltime job.
- Pursued an internship
- Met with a recruiter
- Learned more about freelancing
- Saved money
For more tips on post-grad life and our experience, click here! The sooner you figure out what direction you want to go, the sooner recruiting companies like 24 Seven can help you get there.
What to do on social to get the job
By now you’ve probably heard that social media can make or break your job hunt, and if you haven’t, this is us telling you that social media has the potential to make or break your job application process. Employers aren’t looking at your social media to see when the last time you went to a party was, rather they want to see how you are utilizing each platform to create and grow your personal brand, and how that would help their company.
- Set your privacy settings
- Use it as your portfolio, especially if you are applying for more creative and digital roles
- Don’t overlook clever captions, hidden talents, and passions
Like digital marketing? Look for these job roles
If you’re a digital marketing grad, one thing is certain: if you’re able to keep up with evolving trends, you’ll position yourself with a competitive edge and get the job you want every time (or almost every time).
Here’s a look at some of the best digital marketing career paths for recent grads:
Content-driven digital marketing
Content will continue to dominate the digital marketing space. The major difference between the content marketing of the past few years and the future of content marketing will be the way it’s delivered. Interactive content marketing is the newest and most relevant trend, often delivered through social media in the form of polls, live video, surveys, trivia, and more.
Social media-driven digital marketing
Social media becomes more essential each day in the digital marketing climate. Interactive content and the expiring social media are increasingly important to understand. The intent of these marketing strategies is to propel consumers to act quickly.
For other digital roles perfect for recent graduates plus the highest paying digital marketing careers click here!
Student focused benefits?
LinkedIn recently released their “Top Companies 2018: Where the U.S. wants to work now” list with a focus on interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand, and employee retention. Today, we’re seeing what these top companies offer their employees in comparison to what you said you desire in the workplace.
As a recent graduate, you’re probably stressed about student loans. Some companies now include benefits that will help and/or match previous tuition loans. If you are interested in continuing your education, but without the classroom or the textbooks, other companies offer mentor and professional development courses to help their employees in various departments.
Click here for the list of companies offering benefits targeted towards recent graduates.
9 steps to determine your perfect company
As a recent grad, finding a company that matches your goals, culture needs, and more can be a difficult task, which is why we’ve come up with 9 Steps to Creating Your Company Wish List. Answering these questions may not be a simple yes or no, and the more thought and effort put into each answer, the further established your company wish list will be. Remember – everyone’s wish list is different, so answer the questions truthfully and keep your goals in mind when answering.
- Where do you want to work?
- How big do you want the company to be?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What do you want to wear to work?
- Do you want to be able to work remotely?
Ready to start your company wish list? Click here for the last steps to determine your perfect company!