As we near the end of July, it’s hard not to ask yourself, “What happened to summer?” With reports that Michigan’s unemployment rate is up to 10.5% this month—1.3% above the nation’s unemployment rate—there’s no question that there are plenty of newly graduated students hoping to find employment coming out of school that are starting to feel the frustrations of the strained economy and the difficult job hunt.
Here are a few job searching tips for college grads (as well as not-so-new-grads and non-grads alike!):
- Sharpen Your Resume. Make sure that your resume is up-to-date and effectively and accurately describes you and why you’re right for the job. Don’t assume because you have all of the most recent work experience on your resume that you are done. There are thousands of people applying for the positions that you are, so it is important to make sure that your resume stands out among the rest. Here’s some recent resume tips brought to you by Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan.
- “Social”-ize. Social media is the “in” thing right now! According to a recent article from MLive.com, nearly 90% of employers are using social media to connect, research and find potential employees. SO, if you’re not “linking” on LinkedIn, “tweeting” on Twitter or “Facebooking” on Facebook, you are missing out on opportunities available to you. Equally as important, make sure that your “netiquette” is also up to code. Your LinkedIn profile is comparable to your resume, so make sure your profile is up-to-date and accurate. If you don’t have this done already, seek out recommendations from prior employers and professors. Your tweets on Twitter should be professional and work-friendly. Your Facebook profile should include work-appropriate content and photos. If you choose not to have your personal social media profiles censored and out there for potential employers, then at the very least, make sure any content that could project a negative or unprofessional image of you is not searchable or visible to anybody and everybody.
- Be Picky. This tip might sound odd to some people, given that people should be happy with just any job , right? But having a job that you don’t like or you find yourself “stuck” with because “at least it’s a job” is almost as equally devastating as not having one at all. Perhaps not economically and for the purpose of bringing in income, but for developing a career path and also for personal gratification and motivation at the workplace, accepting just any job may not be in your best interest.
- Look NOW. A lot of college graduates think that summer break after college is a great time to “take a break”, something many are used to each summer between semesters. However, a lot of employers are seeking out newly graduated college students and now is still the time to look for employment.
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