CALLING ALL UNEMPLOYED SPRING GRADS OF 2017!!!!!!
College teaches you many things including how to navigate the workforce. I was so excited to take all that I’ve learned in school and make a career out of it. However, no such luck. I am still currently searching for a full time job and this stage in my life is something that college DID NOT prepare me for. So, if you are anything like me you are not alone. I know how you feel and I am here to help you cope with these tips:
1.Don’t get too comfortable: I know it’s tempting, no school = no class, homework, papers, exams, etc. You have to remember that doesn’t mean you no longer have responsibilities. Although, you do deserve a rest after the last 4 (or however many it took you to finish, no judgement!) years, you are an adult now and you can’t fall back on “I’m a student” anymore so get up and make something shake!
2. Find a “right now” job: If you don’t wanna be as broke as you were during school, surviving on top ramen and pizza, then you need to find what I call a “right now” job to support yourself until you land something more permanent. Don’t worry, this is completely separate from your career and can even be part time. Maybe a cashier at your local supermarket or a sales associate at your favorite clothing store, whatever it takes to keep you busy and put some cash in your pocket.
3. Review, Review, REVIEW: You may think your resume is rock solid and super informative of your amazing experience and education but you should review it as much as possible and be sure to cater your cover letter to each job posting in order to stand out. 90% of employers receive such a high volume of applicants that they run resumes through an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) so be sure to use keywords and phrases from each posting so the company robot won’t overlook your awesomeness.
4. Don’t get discouraged: I know it seems that you have applied for a record number of jobs followed by an astonishingly higher number of rejections but your dream job is out there waiting for you to make the right move. So, take your time with each application, make connections, know your worth, and never stand still.
We will be fine!!!!!!!!