Answered by Meredith, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Sunday, February 28, 2016
It can be daunting to pick a career upon graduation, just like I am sure it was a big decision on what to major in when you declared your area of interest! Don’t be too concerned with stressing yourself out over what you will do for the rest of your working years. I recommend taking a look at actual job descriptions on LinkedIn, job boards like Indeed.com, etc. Pick industries that interest you and perhaps narrow it down from there when looking at entry level roles. You might be interested in media or fashion and have no interest in financial services and legal…or any combination of subjects.
Temping is a great way to try out a role and get your foot in the door of a company that you might not otherwise have access too. Global staffing leaders such as Manpower have offices in every state and chances are in the closest city to you. Reach out to recruiters at different agencies and explore which clients and opportunities they would recommend based on their current openings and your background/skill set. A lot of times temporary agencies offer great wages, benefits and the roles can often go full time to a permanent position if mutually agreeable. The company is testing you out so to speak, but you are also seeing if the company and role is a great fit for your passion and skills as well.
Definitely network with your peers, professors and recent alumni in your major to see where they are currently employed. Politely ask to connect on Linkedin or via email. Let everyone in your social media networks know you are looking for work- you never know who might have an opening or can refer you directly to their HR department for a fast track interview!
It might seem that several different options await you, which is great. Be sure to remain focused and targeted- you should be interested in the role you accept. Be careful to not accept the first offer made to you out of excitement if you feel it is not the best fit for you.
Good luck, it’s a fun time in your career because the sky truly is the limit! Stay positive at all times and you will be successful.