Having recently graduated from college or university sometimes makes you feel like you're on the top of the world. But after several months depressingly finding a job, it is not fun anymore. You realize that the job market is a scary jungle full of predators, and you are in a race with many others to get out of the jungle as soon as possible. In order to survive and thrive in this jungle, differentiation makes all the difference.
Give your resume a face lift
Many would agree that recent graduates are facing one of the worst job markets in recent memory. The demand for job is enormous while the job supply seems to be scarce. Remember what Darwin said: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." Therefore, make sure you are well aware of the changes happening in the job market!
Black and white resume is so out of date. 2014 is the year of infographic resume, video resume, web portfolio, mobile resume, and LinkedIn. Get at least one of those to win the race!
Build professional online presence
We would never grow weary to emphasize the importance of having a professional online presence. In the era when people rely on online search engine to look for all sorts of information, it is not unusual for potential employers to research their job candidates online. So, if recruiters and hiring managers are interested in you after getting your resume, the first thing they'll do is to Google your name.
So, do your own search now. If little or nothing shows up, improve your online presence by creating a powerful LinkedIn profile and by commenting on industry-related blogs. Consequently, edit or remove posts that look unprofessional, such as your offensive rants on social media or the photos of your "crazy night out" with your buddies. It is also a great idea to create a web portfolio to create deep, lasting impression on your recruiters.
Note that the more people you know, the better your chances of landing that dream job. Nowadays, most people are hired through referrals, because they know someone who knows someone's someone in the company. So suit up and meet other professionals! Go to any job fairs, career events, gatherings, anywhere you can meet industry professionals that might give you a job.
In social events like this, top industry professionals would meet plenty of job-hungry fresh grads like you. They would receive uncountable business cards and at the end of the day, they wouldn't care which card belongs to whom. So how to stand out in this situation? Get a cool, state-of-the-art business card design that will attract anyone's attention. A cool business card can also serve as the basis of conversation, and trust us, your business card would be the only business card he keeps (and talk about!) at the end of the day.
Pro tip: consider getting yourself a mobile resume
too, which is the coolest way to present your resume at networking events.
In a perfect world, you would be offered your dream job on your first interview, the day after you graduate. But this is not a perfect world. Upon graduation, you would have to fill out so many applications and go to uncountable interviews before you finally find "the one that's meant for you". To many graduates, the whole process can be extremely tiring and depressing that their fighting spirit is dying day by day.
Always keep in mind that you're in a race! If you take some time for break, your opponents would get ahead of you. So be persistent and keep putting these strategies into practice. Soon enough you will find yourself holding the "trophy", which is your well-deserved first job.
Be assured that you're not alone. We at Style Resumes
have your back. Be it an awesome infographic resume, attractive video resume, interactive web portfolio, handy mobile resume, polished LinkedIn profile, or one-of-a-kind business card design, we have them all covered for you.
Just give us a call and be prepared for numerous job offers!