Asked by Madison on October 2, 2017
Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on October 4, 2017
Great question! Job searching can be a very exciting as well as stressful time whether it being your very first job or finding a new opportunity. I would start by making sure that your resume is concise and easy to read. Recruiters are looking through a ton of resumes and it is important that the content in your resume is impactful at a glance. I would also make sure you are matching your skills to what is required of the position you are applying for. If you happen to have experience that relates to the role or perhaps have taken classes that translate then make sure you are focusing on that in your resume. Another tip is to focus in on an industry or position that you are not only qualified for but passionate about. This will make it very easy to speak to the position and sell yourself if you do get selected for an initial phone screen. Lastly, network with former classmates, employees, teachers, or anyone who can put you in touch with the right people for jobs you are seeking. LinkedIn is a very a good resource for this and can help make for warm introductions to help get your foot in the door or spark an initial conversation. I hope this helps and best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on October 9, 2017
Keep an open mind when searching for jobs. Sometimes recent graduates limit their search and only consider opportunities that are directly related to their college major or previous experiences. While that is a great starting point, an entry-level role is a great opportunity to explore interests or opportunities before figuring out what your unique skills are. As a recent graduate, you likely have more flexibility to try something that is new and interesting than you will 20 years into your career. Take advantage of this time to try something out of the box, if that is what is calling you! If you want to follow a more traditional path, that is great as well. Talk to as many people as you can at that company/in that industry to learn where you would fit into the puzzle.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on January 3, 2018
First, and most importantly, keep an open mind. There are several entry-level job opportunities available, some at great companies that would offer you a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. While it is ideal to get a position in your job field, this isn't always the case for everyone so it's important that you're open to other similar positions that could provide a good start to your career. I think it's best for future employers to see that you've held some sort of job rather than nothing.
I would also recommend utilizing the career center at your college or university. Several employers utilize school job boards to advertise entry-level roles for students who have already graduated. I think this is often a forgotten resource after you graduate but take advantage of it.
Lastly, don't get discouraged. Job searching takes time and can sometimes take a job seeker submitting several applications before getting an interview. Don't be afraid to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn or use your personal and professional network to help jump start your job search.