As the flow of Graduation cards through your mail box slow down, the congratulations are replaced with one big question: “What are you going to do next?” It’s pretty normal to not know what you want to do with your life or even how to get started, so we wanted to give you some quick tips to take the next steps.
Research Career Pathways
Know what career area appeals to you, look into the best job matches for you in that category, and pursue them. Get additional training at a vocational school or college, find out about internships/apprenticeships that can give you an advantage in the hiring process, and network with people that work in that industry.
Most major and mid-sized companies do their hiring online now, but that doesn’t mean you can or should rely on the internet alone to find a job. The internet is too vast for one person to find every open position. Talk to people. Tell them what kind of work you’re looking for. The larger your network, the more likely you are to find out about jobs you wouldn’t have found elsewhere.
Use Employment Services
If you are applying to a college, make sure to use the Career Services offered by the school. The people working there will help you find jobs. Colleges and Universities like to tell future students about how well their alums are doing in careers. When they help you find a good job, you become a success story that they can use to help recruit students later. If you’re not going to school, use a local Workforce office. They may offer workshops, resume help, or have connections in the community to get you in an on the job training or apprenticeship program. The resources are there and they are usually free, so take advantage of them.
Clean Up Your Social Media
Social media is fun with classmates; it is a background check for employers. Clean up your online presence. Check out the statuses, pictures, and memes that you’ve posted and decide whether you would want a future employer to see it before deciding between you and another candidate. If you don’t want them to see it, get rid of it. Do not rely on privacy protections to protect you.
Remember the advice of Helen Keller: “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Whether you’re networking, talking to someone at the local workforce office, or deciding on a career – do it with confidence! Give a good handshake, use eye contact, and state what you want. Confidence is key to making a great first impression, and a great first impression goes a long way towards success.