Graduation has come and gone, and many recent graduates might find themselves looking for a job for the next several months. Although the summer is thought of as a relaxing and enjoyable time, job seekers might argue that it’s just the opposite.
Spending your summer months searching for a job? Boost your job search by doing the following:
Reach out to your network
Hopefully, throughout your college career, you’ve established an extensive network of peers, friends, family, co-workers, colleagues, professors, and superiors. It’s been said that nearly 80 percent of jobs are obtained through some sort of networking – so why not reach out to these individuals for help during your job search? It can be as simple as posting a status update about your job search or messaging a person who works at a company you’ve applied at. Keeping your network updated on your job search can motivate individuals to chime in with advice, tips, and connections that might assist you in landing your ideal position.
Volunteer at a local nonprofit
Even if you spend the whole summer on the hunt for a job, you don’t want to hurt your chances of landing one by allowing gaps to form in your resume. To avoid those gaps, volunteer to work at a local nonprofit, helping the organization with whatever knowledge and skills you’ve acquired thus far in your career. Doing so will help you add more pieces of work to your portfolio and introduce you to additional people that could help in your job search.
Attend industry events & meetups
Although you might not have a lot of money to spend on conferences (which tend to be expensive), there are plenty of industry events and meetings that are low-cost and beneficial to a job seeker. Find out about events by following hashtags on Twitter related to your field, subscribing to blogs written by local industry professionals and associations, and looking at local event calendars. Networking can play a huge role in your job search, so make sure you arrive to each event prepared with your elevator speech and business cards.
These are only three tips for recent grads in their summer job search. What other job search tips would you add for recent graduates? Share below!