Answered by Meredith, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, July 24, 2015
Congratulations on completing your degree! Speaking from a staffing agency perspective, if you have the flexibility, you may want to consider a temporary or freelance position to kick start your new career. Whether it is an assignment of a few weeks, several months or a temp to perm opportunity, you can often get your foot in the door at Fortune 500 companies that you might not have had access to on your own.
With this in mind, I would create a more functional resume, as opposed to a chronological version. Approx 10 years back or listing relevant customer service/admin tasks is ideal. Staffing agency recruiters are trained to glean your software skills, preferences for industries and office culture/industry ideals quickly by reviewing your resume and asking targeted questions. It is important to register with as many agencies as you can- it is truly all in the numbers. The more you register with, the more calls for interviews you'll get!
Agency staffing professionals can also be a great resource and go between to help explain a gap in employment, chat salary negotiations, flexibility in schedules, highlight your skills into a position, etc. Never pay a fee for this service- reputable firms retain fees from their clients and never pass this on to candidates.
If there aren't any current openings that match your background, definitely keep in touch- good recruiters like to call candidates down the road and build a long lasting relationship.
Best of luck and stay positive- you have a lot of options for your new endeavor!