When you’re entering the workforce out of college, there’s no denying that you’re stepping into a competitive world. Other recent graduates in your field are vying for the same jobs as you, so it can be tough to stand out. That’s why any tips that can fast-track your job search are worth considering.
A look at today’s job market
According to Harvard Business Review, a minority of students will jump right into a career after college, while most will have a hard time launching. Many factors influence this, but one general principle is that students who have clear direction in college tend to be students who have clear direction after they graduate. If you’re still in school, now is the time to be thinking about the job market. Take at least one internship, and get real-world experiences to add to your résumé. These decisions will help you in your post-graduation life.
What companies are looking for you?
Despite the competitiveness of today’s workforce, there is good news. A large number of employers are looking to hire recent graduates annually—more now than in years past. So, when you’re nearing graduation, research companies in your area of study. If you find employers who are looking for candidates like you, you’ll know where to focus your applications for better results.
If you’re interested in learning more about the best ways to prepare for an upcoming job search, take a look at the accompanying checklist. From focusing your search to staying positive, there’s a lot you can do to land the right offer.
Created by Whitman Associates