The Pandemic has affected every single person in the workforce, including those new graduates who were just about to step into the playing field last May. Some of you may have found gig work to help pay the bills, and some of you may have decided to wait out your job search until the pandemic calmed down. Both choices are totally understandable. Now that it has been a few months since graduation, are you starting to feel the itch to use your degree, or jumpstart your career? If so, keep reading!
- Companies are hiring – and they are moving fast! Ever hear of the expression “strike while the iron is hot”? Companies are hiring like crazy and competition amongst job seekers is lower than usual. It is your perfect opportunity to get your feet wet. Go ahead and post your resume on one (or all!) of the job boards – Indeed, Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, etc. These are also great sites for you to apply to job postings.
- Utilize LinkedIn as a tool to market yourself. LinkedIn is like your electronic resume. This is your platform to showcase yourself. Collect recommendations from previous employers or other professionals (such as your professors) who know you are a hard worker. Upload your resume and make sure your profile is tight. You can also note in your profile that you are currently seeking employment. For example, “Recent college business graduate seeking XYZ opportunity…”. Recruiters will find you! And of course, apply to any jobs that sound of interest to you and that you are qualified for.
- Apply directly to companies where you really want to work. This can be quite time consuming, but the payoff is totally worth it. Make a list of companies that you’d really love to work at for one reason or another. Maybe you love their products, or you have heard wonderful things about their culture or benefits. Many companies have career pages on their websites. Check it out, along with their LinkedIn page and social media accounts. If you are still interested, apply directly via their career pages with a note or cover letter as to why you’d love to join their team. Again, this can get a bit time consuming BUT if it lands you the job, isn’t it worth every minute of your time!?
- Try to be open minded. It has been a hard year, and 2020 has almost come to an end. Finding a new job during a Pandemic is much scarier than finding a job under normal circumstances (which is already pretty nerve-wracking!). With that being said, you may not land your dream job the first time around…. And that’s okay. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The important thing is to work a job that you like (or at least can tolerate) and allows you to pay your bills, grow your knowledgebase and help expand your skill set on your resume.
Try to stay optimistic during these unprecedented times. Life will, at some point, go back to “normal” or at least a modified version of “normal”. We will all push through these challenges together! If you’d like to speak further about different opportunities available in Bucks and Montgomery County, please feel free to call us at 215-855-8000 or contact us here.