What to do after college graduation? Seems like the ultimate question, right?
Being that most graduates will find themselves amidst a recession, I feel like this question carries more weight than ever before. Trust me I know…
There are three great options to consider post college graduation.
1. Go forth and get a REAL job.
With the economy being in a rut, this can be a very daunting task. Looking for a job is a full time job! Search engines I would recommend are: Indeed, Simply hire, career builder, Greenlight jobs (entertainment jobs), mandy, and perhaps even Craigslist.
Utilizing recruiting agencies is a must, granted the recruiters will already have their hands full, you must be patient with these agencies and proactive! Call them often to inquire about job opportunities, let them know you are excited to find work, and ask to come in for a one on one interview with the recruiter. It’s important to make a good first impression with you recruiter, if they like you, you’ll definitely be a priority to them!
Some recruiting agencies I recommend are: Apple One, Ultimate Staffing, Friedman Agency, Matura farrington, and Aquent. I suggest connecting with as many as you can!
I can not stress how important networking is when seeking a job! Most people I know have landed great jobs by networking. I suggest making business cards, vista print has a great deal going on right now, 250 cards for free not including shipping charges, it will cost around $25. not bad for a broke college grad, right?! Search google for relevant networking functions in your area, or simply take up opportunities to network while out with friends. Remember those internships you did back in college, or those professors that offered support? well reach out to your professors and colleagues, they are valuable networking sources as well.
Remember to not let other unemployment horror stories get you down, finding a career takes time and as long as you stay focused, persistent, and positive you’ll find something!
Keep in mind the first step is to have a killer resume and compelling cover letter, but thats a whole other blog post in itself!
2. Go back to school.
Yes, my friends…get that masters degree!
Okay so I have this theory, in today’s economy as well as today’s generation, I feel like a bachelors degree is the new associates degree. The job market is so competitive right now, and employers can be extremely selective giving them the upper hand. If you want the upper hand go back to school and get a Masters degree. I feel like this is a great investment for the future. Here is a link you may find helpful regarding Graduate school; http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/guide-students-graduate-school.aspx
3. Start your own business!
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This is an awesome option, right!? Easier said than done. I really wish I had more valuable information or advice to give on how to start your own business, but I’m afraid I don’t. I do suggest checking out a site called kickstart.com. This site has helped many eager entrepreneur’s launch awareness for their business.