Your graduation ceremony is over and you are still on the hunt for a job, and not really sure of exactly what you are looking for. It can be a scary time and now that you’re out of school, you likely feel you don’t have the support network and safety blanket that you did before. You may still have a lot of questions about landing that first job, and there are ways you can adjust your job search to help you land it. Erin Hendrick, Talent Search leader at Progressive Insurance, which has hired countless graduates over the years, offers the following advice.
How can I improve my chances of landing a job?
Many job seekers – new graduates as well as more seasoned professionals – rely heavily on online applications and networking. Offline networking is one of the most effective job-search strategies. Reach out to friends and family. Also, remember that your former professors, advisers and career counselors all support alumni. Ask them about possible referrals or leads. In addition, if there are organizations that you are interested in without current openings which have a talent network, set up a personal profile so that when the company has jobs or news related to your interests, they’ll send you a personalized email.
If you are not bound to a specific city or region, consider looking outside of the typical places. There are many cities and vibrant towns with a low cost of living between the East and West coasts. These are good places to start a career and build a solid financial base.