You just spent six MONTHS getting your certificate and now the reality of being a graduate is setting in. Not only do you have to find a job, promotion but you have to figure out how to manage your finances, develop professional connections, and so much more.
That’s why I’m listing my top five things to do after graduation so that you feel as prepared as you possibly can to take on all these new life obstacles.
1. Join a young professionals meet up or a social media group in your area
Here, you’ll find like-minded individuals who are around the same age as you. It’s a great networking opportunity to see if anyone is hiring, get a feel for where the best jobs are, and to bounce ideas off of people who have walked the same path you’re on.
2. Give your CV a solid makeover
Let’s be honest – the CV you created in high school could probably use some help. One of the biggest mistakes that recent grads make on CV’s is not tailoring it to the job they are applying for. Instead, they make one blanket resume, send it to employers, and expect to hear a response.
Although that might work for some jobs, the reality is that the market is changing and employers want to see specifically why you are a good fit for the job. Yes, tailoring your resume is going to take extra time, but it’s also going to give you a better chance of getting hired.
3. Weigh your options carefully
It’s normal for recent college grads to want to jump on the first offer they receive because it means money in the bank and not being unemployed.
But I want you to think for a second – Is this position really the one you want? Is it going to help you meet all of your necessities? Is it going to help you get new skills? All of these questions are important to ask yourself before you say “yes” to an employment offer.
4. Apply to all at least 5 jobs every week only if you are unemlpoyed
If you didn’t have a job lined up when you graduated from college, then it’s time to start hitting the job search boards. Remember, you’ll want to send a tailored resume and cover letter to each job that you apply for. Since this takes extra time, I encourage you to aim at applying for at least one job each day of the work week.
You can always visit our blog to find out where and how to apply for jobs
5. Write down short and long term goals
Be clear with where you’d like to be in six months, one year, and five years. Do you want to have a job in six months or get a promotion in a year? Write that down.
So many people have their goals floating around in their heads but they fail to write them down. I don’t know about you, but I feel much more motivated to do something when I’m looking at it every day.
Don’t be afraid to hold yourself accountable. If the goals change, so be it! But don’t lose sight of what you’re working toward…
Ask a for promotion
Once you have a better understanding of your own motivation, you can find a tactful way to request your promotion.
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