Advice For The Upcoming Graduate
When I graduated college 2 years ago, I was so ready to enter the adult world (well… at least I thought I was). All I wanted from graduating college was to land a Monday – Friday, 9-5 job so that I could hang with my friends on the weekend.
A year later, I messed that one up by moving 3,000 miles away from both my 9-5 job and my friends.
Having done the graduate job search twice (in two different countries) and working for a search firm here’s my two cents for the upcoming graduate on the job hunt…
Network, network, network…
LinkedIn conducted a survey in 2016 and found that 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. I personally love to network; I like to think of it as an opportunity to meet people who you would not normally get to meet. You also never know who you’ll meet.
Philadelphia has many great networking events and groups for young professionals such as The Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Council. In addition to that, there’s also tons of industry specific networking events in the city, keep your eye out for one that suits your career interests.
I would recommend checking out the attendance list beforehand and making a mental note of the people you would like to connect with the most.
Getting to know a recruiter never hurts either, we pride ourselves on being people connectors and knowing the city’s job market. Aside from that we are pretty cool people too.
Spruce up your LinkedIn & Resume…
If you do not have one already, make sure you create a LinkedIn account. It’s the perfect place to keep in contact with the new connections you made through networking.
Roughly 20,000 U.S. companies use LinkedIn to recruit staff so make sure your experience and skills are up-to-date. Also, remember that first impressions matter so double check your spelling and grammar is correct and make your page stand out.
Let recruiters know that you are currently searching for a job, it lets us know that you are open to hearing about openings that we have.
Between 70% - 80% of open jobs are not advertised online which brings us back to the importance of networking. I would recommend that you research companies in your area thoroughly and get a real feel for the organization as well as figuring out if it is somewhere that you feel you would gel and could contribute to. After that, reach out to them (It’s how I got my job at Juno).
If you know what position you want to be in professionally in the future, find someone who is currently in that role and ask them to join you for a coffee to discuss how they progressed into that position. I would be very surprised if anyone said no to your message. People love to tell stories of how they got places in life – if you ever want to kill a few hours just ask me to tell you the story of why I moved to the U.S.
While you’re here, check out the open positions we have at Juno and make sure you get to know us, we are here to help you!