Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment, and parents and young adults deserve to celebrate and enjoy the knowledge that this goal has been achieved. Some college graduates head out into the world certain of what career they want to pursue with a degree to match. Engineering, computer science, accounting, human relations, math and other specialized fields have clear career paths and often have abundant opportunities for new graduates.
For other majors, especially liberal arts majors, a lucrative job and the chosen field of study don't always meet up. Either way, using resources and connections to help with the job search is something every young adult must do.
This infographic is a good place to start the thought process that will help young adults and millennials find the job that suits them best.
First, a Resume - and LinkedIn
Ask most HR managers and others in charge of hiring for companies and they will tell you that LinkedIn is one of their preferred tools for searching for prospective employees and doing research on applicants. With over 450 million users, LinkedIn is the behemoth of professional connecting sites. Setting up a profile is easy, and there are a variety of levels of membership. If possible, use a professional headshot for the profile photo, and start connecting to others as soon as your information is completely updated.
Look at profiles of others who are in jobs you find interesting to get an idea of what skills and training are useful in those positions.
To get a professionally done resume, search on Google for career counselors in your community, or ask friends and colleagues for referrals. Be sure you understand exactly what you will get before handing over any money.
Anyone can call themselves a career counselor, so good references are important.
Resumes can be done online at a much lower cost, and for many job seekers this is a good start - but if you find that there is not much response to your inquiries, it might be worth the expense of having a professional take a look at your information.
Clean Up Your Social Media
It goes without saying that any hiring manager will search Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for anything about you if they are seriously considering interviewing or hiring you for their company. Be sure to purge your profiles of any photos that are less-than appropriate. Use common sense when deciding whether something should stay or go. Some advise to completely delete your accounts.
College Alumni - an Important Resource
Even if your young adult has returned home from a school that is a long distance away, chances are there are alumni groups or associations to tap into. Whether they are meeting up in real life or online, Alumni groups offer the opportunity to reach out to people with various careers for information, insight and possibly mentoring.
Other excellent resources for those who were in the Greek system are fraternity or sorority alumni groups.
Staying connected to friends from college is a smart and strategic way to keep up with the careers of classmates. Reaching out to a dorm mate or a sorority sister can sometimes be a good way to hear of job openings at companies of interest.
Looking for a Job is a Full Time Job
There is no question that job hunting is a tedious and exhausting process. Staying positive in the face of little or no response to inquiries can be not only difficult but defeating. Even so, it's essential to keep trying, Monday through Friday, to find the job that will be right for you. Schedule job hunting into each day along with workouts, drinks with friends or any other activity. If there are no new jobs to apply for, do research in your field of interest, whether online or by reading a book or newspaper. Keep up with the latest information so you will be well-informed when you do have the opportunity to meet with a prospective employer.
Don't Forget to Say Thank You
You may have to best interview ever, but if you neglect to thank the person you met with, you will not get the job. As soon as you are done with the interview, send an email directly to the person who you talked to, and recap a few of the highlights of your conversation. Though you may not be the chosen candidate for this position, you will stay top-of-mind for future opportunities.