As we approach graduation season, we want to offer our congratulations and some helpful job hunting hints to the class of 2021. Students everywhere are eager to take the next steps in their careers by entering the job market. However, given the circumstances of the world and economy currently, this process likely looks much different than what you expected. Here are our top tips for putting your best foot forward as you embark on your job search. You’ve got this!
MST’s Job Search Tips for the Class of 2021
In a job market where many are sending out applications and competition may be higher, it’s crucial to find ways to set yourself apart from the crowd. Be personable! Get into the habit of making personal phone calls to companies who are hiring and introduce yourself. Make a few calls every day, and try to reach the hiring manager. Don’t just send out your resume all day – put a face to a name, and practice having conversations to advocate for yourself and your qualifications.
Polish Up Your Profiles
Having a professional online representation of yourself is more important than ever right now. Since most hiring processes are happening virtually, it’s crucial to display the best version of yourself on all your online platforms. Aside from creating a polished and professional-looking resume, take time to update your LinkedIn profile. Ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date. Your online presence also includes any social media platforms you may be using – this includes everything from Instagram, to Twitter, to Facebook. Adjust your privacy settings, and/or take down any posts you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see!
Network, Network, Network
Although many opportunities to network in person are still off the table for the time being, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make connections. LinkedIn is a great place to start! Connect with individuals who know you in a professional context, who are in your industry, or work for companies you’re interested in. LinkedIn is also a great place to find out about virtual networking events – eBrew is one of our favorites!
Another great way to make connections is to speak with professionals – that’s where we come in! Working with an experienced recruiter who specializes in your career field is one of the best ways to find great job opportunities. A good recruiter will take the time to learn about you, what you’re looking for in your next role, and how they can help you get where you want to go. They’re experts in creating resumes, interview preparation, and are extremely knowledgeable about their clients.
Adopt New Skills or Foster Existing Talents
Now is a great time to work on your self-improvement – both personally and professionally. Is there a gap in your skillset you’ve been meaning to fill? Maybe you have a existing skill that you’d like to take to the next level? Even if you’re not immediately able to add a new position to your resume, you can absolutely bulk up on your skills and qualifications. Use this time to grow in areas you may not have had the time to before!
Keep an Open Mind
Professional experience, regardless of field, will build your resume and further your career path. Try shifting your mindset – look into positions that may be outside of what you majored in or enjoyed studying in college. Applying the foundational skills you gained in school in new and different ways can be extremely valuable to your personal and professional development, as well as be attractive to the employers of any field.
Congratulations to the class of 2021!
Do you have any tips for new college graduates as they enter the job market?