Fast Ways to Get a Job After Graduation

Fast Ways to Get a Job After Graduation

Congratulations, you are now a university graduate! Now, what? How do you want to use your degree? Are you searching for that dream job? Job hunting can take time and patience. However, if you’re looking for ways to speed up the process and get a job after graduation, you’ve come to the right place. This article will discuss finding a job after college and how to get a job.

 

Finding a Job After College

Your first job out of college is the most important. It may just be a learning opportunity as you discover your strengths and weaknesses. Your first job after college may be a chance to develop your skills. Here are the top eleven tips to help you find a job.

Build your portfolio

A resume is only part of your portfolio. Start by creating an e-portfolio. This will highlight your skills and is a place to provide links to work you’ve done in graduate school or your field. 

There are many tools you can use to build an e-portfolio. Two common ones are Google Sites and WordPress. 

Google Sites

Google Sites will allow you to build a basic e-portfolio in less than an hour. Creating a Google account automatically gets you a Gmail address, which is handy if you want to keep all your job search email separate from your everyday inbox.

WordPress

WordPress is more customizable than Google Sites. You can make your e-portfolio look and function at a very advanced level. You should be wary of spending too much time trying to perfect the look of your site. At the same time, your template should be attractive and easy to navigate; it’s important to get the most important elements of your portfolio up before you spend too much time tinkering.

Join professional networks

LinkedIn is the best professionally known network in the world. Building a LinkedIn profile will help you access multiple opportunities and search for jobs. Membership in alumni and professional groups opens further opportunities like professional networking, building your knowledge base, and targeted job searching in your profession. Use your online networks to boost your reputation, and always maintain a one hundred percent professional presence on LinkedIn. 

Set up job alerts

There is a multitude of job websites out there, so it can be difficult to know which ones are effective. The best sites will allow you to customize your searches. For instance, Indeed.com lets you set up alerts based on multiple searches customized by salary, region, industry, and more. You can also set up alerts on specific companies.

LinkedIn is another great tool. You can set up alerts for jobs related to your profession and those posted in your groups. Employment websites specific to your field are always worth using, provided they are current and reliable.

Participate online

Networking is essential. It’s quite simple; it’s all about talking with people about your professional life – your interests, your aspirations. You’ll be surprised at the connections you make and the benefit these connections bring.

Research the job market

Exploring different job fields can help you narrow down your job search. Understanding and knowing the job opportunities within a specific field, what a typical day looks like, how the job market is, and what requirements are needed can help you understand exactly what to look for and increase your chances of getting hired.

Become a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door. It is an opportunity to make connections, build your skills, and give back to your community. Find an activity you enjoy. This could help boost your communication and interpersonal skills and potentially lead you to find your future employer.

Attend career fairs

Career fairs may seem intimidating. However, you could very well meet your future employer there. Job recruiters are available to help you. They are interested in learning more about you and your experience. Attending career fairs is a good place to practice interviewing skills and learn more about job opportunities and companies. 

Land an internship

Internships are another way to get your foot in the door and test the waters. This could help you understand what a job in that field may look like. Getting an internship can also help you build connections and could even lead to a full-time position.

Take online courses

Furthering your education and gaining more knowledge about your field gives you an opportunity for some hands-on experience. Not to mention it looks great on your resume. Taking extra courses can also guide and help you figure out the best career path.  

Consider a part-time job

A part-time job is still a way to make connections and network, even if it isn’t in your field. However, finding a job in your field will potentially give you a foot in the door and lead to a full-time job. 

Level up your resume

You want to stand out above the crowd. Build a creative resume by trying different layouts and colors and adding a fun facts section. However, be mindful of the company you’re applying for. 

 

How to Get a Job

There are many job websites to consider when you’re looking to find the perfect job and start your career, but honestly, the best way to secure a job is through your network. You can easily expand your network via LinkedIn and get an idea of its size. 

LinkedIn

We’ve already addressed LinkedIn in this article, but it never hurts to address it again. You can search for specific job listings based on location, seniority level, and more. You can also boost your networking reach by connecting with key people in your field.

You can use LinkedIn in several different ways. These include:

  • Getting in touch with recruiters in your industry
  • Checking company job openings
  • Looking up open positions
  • Getting head-hunted if your profile is optimized well

There are many other options to look for available jobs, but the best opportunity of finding something is through your network.

Post Graduation Jobs

Finding a job after graduation is an important step that will help launch your career and help you reach your life goals. Use the methods we discussed to find your perfect job or career. Don’t be afraid to reach for the best jobs available out there today!

Angie Callen, Founder

I created Career Benders to inspire confident professionals. In just three years, we have helped nearly 500 professionals navigate job searches, nail interviews, and find satisfaction in their careers. We’re here for you!

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