Making The Transition to the Professional World: 5 Tips For New College Grads
So you’re a recent college grad and you’re transitioning into the professional world?
First, congratulations on graduation!
But stepping out into the working world can be intimidating, especially when it comes to learning new etiquette and expectations. That’s why I’ve put together these 5 tips specifically to help new college grads make a successful transition as they step away from their academic career and into their future professional endeavors.
Let’s dive in!
1. Creating and or updating your LinkedIn profile
If you’re a college graduate looking for job tips, creating a LinkedIn profile is an essential first step.
An updated LinkedIN profile opens up many job and networking opportunities. Connect with potential employers and use it as a platform to showcase the skills and knowledge you’ve gained while studying. Through LinkedIn, you can increase your job prospects by networking with industry professionals. We recommend joining job groups since hiring managers are likely to be active members. Plus recruiters like us are always looking for talent so contacting us online is easier than ever! (Mikey even has a few tips on how to reach out to recruiters here). It’s definitely worth creating a profile if you haven’t already done so – get started today!
College graduates job-hunting should always make sure their online profile is up to scratch.
From contact information to an “about” section highlighting your experience, education, and skills, a well-rounded online presence helps recruiters find you! But just as important as the text is the imagery. A high quality headshot leaves employers with an impactful first impression about who you are and what you can bring to your next job.
2. Have an updated resume
As a college graduate job hunting for your first job, it is important to remember that companies hiring for positions don’t always need to know about your experiences from 5 or more years ago.
Keep information relevant and tailored to the job that you are applying for. Have a couple of different resumes with each catering to different job roles and goals. We have to stress that you should absolutely use key phrases in the job description to keep your resume relevant. A relevant resume shows potential employers why you’re the top candidate for their job position. Relevant key words also help you get past those pesky resume scanners. By keeping your CV up-to-date, you can confidently present yourself in job interviews.
3. Invest in professional attire
First impressions really do matter, even over a zoom call. Make sure that you have at least two professional outfits for when you go through an interview process.
As job opportunities open up for college graduates in 2023, job interviews will take place on virtual platforms such as Zoom. Make sure that your best self shines through for a successful job interview with at least two professional outfits on hand! A job interview is the first time an employer will meet you, so making a strong impression is essential – even when it’s seen through a screen. No matter what job you look into, never underestimate the power of smart business attire. Dressing up shows that you care about the job opportunity.
4. Join a networking/ professional group in your area
When making your debut in the professional world, networking is going to be your best friend. The more connections you make, the more opportunities will present themselves.
As a college graduate entering the job market, you should network.
Trust us on this one.
Joining a networking group in your local area has several benefits. Networking with professionals who are established with their careers can lead to invaluable advice and job referrals. In fact, sometimes positions aren’t posted on LinkedIN or Indeed (surprising, we know) so take advantage of this hidden market for job openings. Networking provides other benefits like exchanging contact information or gaining more insight into industry trends. So if you’re looking for unbeatable job tips for college graduates, make networking with local professional groups a priority!
Some great professional groups in the Boise area are: Boise Young Professionals, Boise Metro Chamber, Idaho Technology Council, and Idaho Women in Technology. One of my favorite networking events to attend is Start-Ups & Suds.
5. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
Make connections, take calls, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. The more you put yourself out there, the more experience you will get, giving you better interview skills and making you more prepared.
As a college graduate it can be intimidating to step out into the real world!
First off, never be afraid to put yourself out there, especially when networking and interviewing. Making connections is essential for a successful career. Doing this will give you more job experience and help improve your interview skills. Taking calls from potential employers demonstrates not only professionalism but confidence in your abilities that the employer will recognize. Every job opportunity is a learning experience, even if it doesn’t turn into a job offer. Step outside of your comfort zone to gain valuable job advice while honing your interviewing skills – you never know what or who might be waiting around the corner.
Transitioning into the professional world can be daunting, but it is definitely worth it to put in the effort! By updating your LinkedIn profile, having an updated resume, investing in professional attire, and putting yourself out there, you will be well on your way to finding your route. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help getting started on your journey!
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