College graduates who packed up their dorm/hostel rooms last month but still haven’t found a job may be beginning to feel nervous about their prospects. Liz Wessel, cofounder and CEO of WayUp has some advice for those who may be imagining the future as permanent residents of their parents’ basement. “I see so many recent grads freak out when they don’t have a job lined up for graduation. Just breathe! ” says Wessel. “ You are NOT alone.”
Wessel says that grads who still haven’t locked down a job are still in a strong position to find full-time employment over the next several months, and a few small tweaks to their job search and an open mind about available opportunities can make all the difference. Here are 4 Best tips during that phase of Job-seeking.
1. Take a moment to reassess your application plan.
Grads without an employment plan may be feeling the pressure, but Wessel says not having work lined up when you don your cap and gown is not at all uncommon and no reason for panic.
Many of the companies that hire during the school year are large organizations looking to snag top talent before their competition has the chance, while companies with less robust hiring mechanisms often wait until after graduation so that applicants who are hired are available to start work immediately.
“Most new grads in the country will not work for employers who use these tactics, so there’s no need to assume you’re behind. Look for smaller and younger companies (who prefer to hire one to three months in advance), or even local businesses.
2. Missed your chance with your dream company? You might have another shot now.
If you missed the recruiting season for one of the bigger employers or applied and didn’t get an interview, you may have another opportunity. “Some of these larger players often underestimate their head count because they attempted to hire so far in advance,” says Wessel. “Their HR teams will quickly try to fill up spots starting now.”
3. Employers know you don’t have “one-to-three years of work experience” yet, and that’s OK.
Don’t be deterred by job descriptions that require applicants to have one to three years of job on the job experience. According to Wessel, most companies won’t rule out hiring a new graduate for this type of position, provided they have a relevant background and internship experience.
“We speak with businesses all the time who say that ‘one-to-three years of work experience’ still means that the role is entry-level, which means that new grads are OK to apply,” she says. “Employers are more than aware that recent grads have been in college and do not have 1-3 years of experience in any field, because it shows on their Applicant Tracking system.”
4. Evolve your search.
At this point in your job search Wessel says it may be time to expand your horizons. This may mean seeking roles in a city you hadn’t considered or exploring different types of companies or applications of your skill set. She adds, “Usage of technologies for getting interviewed viz. Video interview, recruitment software or some Online Interview tools etc. can make you understand the industry requirements.” In particular, she recommends considering smaller operations where a new graduate can get lots of training and experience right off the bat–and which are likely still hiring.
“Working at a small boutique firm or a smaller-scale company can often push you to learn what you’re good at and how you’re going to excel,” says Wessel. Further, she says, “Look for training or rotational programs, which give you the opportunity to be in a somewhat structured environment where you still get to try out different roles to see what you like.”
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So I would conclude by saying, “Stay Hired ! Stay Blessed !!”