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Unemployed Grads - Don't Despair

Still Unemployed After Graduation?  Read On!

The only recent grads who should be traveling over the summer after graduation are those who have a job lined up when they return.  You worked hard as a full-time student, but now you need to work hard as a full-time job seeker.

If you graduated college and are still unemployed the first thing to do is be truthful with yourself.  Did you really put the time and energy into your job search while you were in school?  If so then take a step back and evaluate the interviews you had.  What feedback did you receive and what advice were you given to improve?  Most college career offices continue to provide support to students who are still looking for work after graduation.  If you have moved back home or if your school is in a different state, ask for a mock phone or skype interview to practice.

Expand your job search

You might assume you need a job that aligns with your degree or is in a certain location but that may not exist, at least not right now.  No need to panic.  Broaden your horizons.  Embrace the opportunity to meet new people and try new things.

Consider temping

Staffing agencies offer short and long-term assignments in a variety of different industries.  And in many instances these temp roles convert to full-time jobs.  This is also a great way to add industry experience to your resume.  Working part-time is another option and can demonstrate to an employer your willingness to get a foot in the door even if the job is less than ideal.

Update your LinkedIn profile

Use keywords that are relevant to the type of job that you’re looking for. Next, answer the calls and messages that you get from recruiters. If you don’t like the initial job that they’re calling about, don’t hang up! Tell them what you are looking for, from your ideal role and salary to the type of company and industry.  And again, be open to opportunities.

Network, network, network

The biggest waste of time when looking for a job is to sit behind a computer and apply to as many jobs as possible.  Reach out to alumni and friends of your family.  Talk to people about what they do and how they got to where they are in their career.  Seek out a career mentor, someone who you can share your job search experiences with and who can provide guidance.  Looking for a job can be emotional with highs and lows along the way.   Remember to maintain a positive attitude and don’t take your foot off the pedal.  Be proud of what you’ve achieved and look forward to what’s ahead of you!

We are hosting an interview day in September for all graduates who haven't found their dream job yet. Sign up today: https://www.thelasallenetwork.com/september-recent-graduate-interview-day-2019/

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