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Navigating the job market as a fresh graduate

Congratulations on your recent graduation! You are entering the job market during a time of economic uncertainty. Additionally, student loan interest will resume in September and payments will begin to be due in October, making finding a stable source of income a top priority for the Class of 2023. Technology, finance and logistics – construction, education, healthcare and retail. The good news is that businesses plan to hire 4% There are more graduates in 2023 than in 2022, and the average expected salary is $66,500. Here are some tips for recent graduates to successfully apply for jobs.

Build a strong online presence: 54% of employers exclude candidates from the recruitment process based on their performance on social media. Review your social media profiles and make sure they reflect a professional image. Showcase your knowledge and expertise by setting up a personal blog or website. Publish insightful articles or share your experiences to demonstrate your passion and commitment to your chosen field. Employers often scrutinize candidates’ online presence, so make sure your online presence works in your favor.

Improve your resume: Your resume is your marketing tool, so make sure it effectively showcases your strengths, experience, and potential to employers.

  • Start your resume with a concise summary or statement of purpose, indicate that you are a recent graduate, detail your relevant coursework, and list the skills you possess and how you will apply them to your new position.
  • Typically, education is listed at the end of a resume, but as a recent graduate, you should list it at the top.
  • When to include grade point average (GPA):
    • If you have less than three years of professional experience and your GPA is above 3.5, you should list it on your resume.
    • If your GPA is below 3.5, determine if your major’s cumulative grade is higher than your overall grade and list it. If not, please remove your GPA from your resume.
  • Add any honors (such as Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude), but select either the GPA or the honor you want to highlight, not both.
  • Save your resume as pdf and name it: Last name, resume, 2023.

related: 3 mistakes to avoid on your resume

Take advantage of online resources: Take advantage of online platforms and resources to enhance your job search. Build a professional LinkedIn profile and optimize it with an engaging snippet, relevant keywords, and your achievements. Let the recruiter know you are willing to work Use the LinkedIn #OpentoWork feature. Join industry-specific groups and participate in conversations to expand your network. Explore job boards, company websites and online job boards to discover open positions. Consider contacting a recruitment agency that specializes in your field.

related: 5 top LinkedIn tips for job seekers

related: After you speak with a recruiter, take these four steps

Apply for a position: When applying for a job, avoid submitting a generic application. Tailor your resume to each job, highlighting the specific skills and experience that suit you. Analyze the job posting to identify relevant skills and experience, modify the resume summary or objective to meet the employer’s needs, and incorporate keywords. This shows your attention to detail and genuine interest in the position.

Easy to access and responsive: Answer unknown calls professionally and have your schedule ready to confirm your interview appointment. The hiring manager may call first to ask if they can schedule a time to talk or bring you in for an on-site interview.

Open for work? Don’t miss important calls about opportunities! Recent updates to the iPhone enable the “Silent Unknown Callers” feature in many situations. Make sure to resolve the issue by going to Settings, Phone, and Mute Unknown Callers. If it’s on, close it.

Interview preparation: Interview preparation is crucial to getting a job offer. Research the company extensively and become familiar with its values, mission, news, and awards. As a recent graduate, you may lack extensive work experience, but you should emphasize the transferable skills you have gained through coursework, extracurricular activities, or part-time work. Skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, adaptability and communication are highly valued by employers across industries. Demonstrating these skills will enhance your marketability. Anticipate common interview questions and practice your answers. Conduct a mock interview with a friend or family member to improve your communication and presentation skills. Finally, remember to dress professionally, arrive on time, appear confident, and ask questions.

related: Video interview tips: before, during and after

follow up: Send each interviewer a personalized thank you email after the interview to express your gratitude for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the position. Additionally, if you don’t hear back after applying, you can politely follow up to ask about the status of the hiring process. This demonstrates your proactive attitude and genuine interest in the position.

related: Don’t forget to thank you after the interview

in conclusion

Finding the right job can take time, so be patient and persistent. Be proactive, open-minded and adaptable in your search. Learn from each experience and continue to refine your approach. With determination and a well-executed job search strategy, you’ll increase your chances of finding a position that matches your goals and leads you to a successful career.

Hear more from Acara Account Executive Shannon Callahan here.

The author of this blog is Shannon Callahan.

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