Where to Get a Job: 3 Tips for College Graduates

get a job after graduationAnother Spring has sprung and college seniors are beginning to send out their resumes with the hope of finding their dream job, or any job. Even with recent signs that the job market is starting to look better, it can still take months before a new college grad. finds a job in their field of interest. But that doesn’t mean one has to sit at home doing nothing – consider, instead, these strategies for part-time or temporary jobs to pay the bills and strengthen one’s resume.

1. Become a Tutor

Tutors can work independently or be employed by tutoring companies. If you have one or more subjects that you are competent in and/or have tested well in, then somebody may want to hire you to tutor their child. If you earned SAT scores over 700, their are many SAT tutoring companies and test preparation centers that will hire and train tutors to work for them. If your strengths lie in courses other than math or English, consider contacting local school systems to list your services as a tutor, or put up flyers in the public libraries where students study. Depending on where you live and your level of expertise, tutors can typically make anywhere between $25 and $75 per hour.

2. Make a LinkedIn Profile

Gone are the days when prospective employees mail resumes to companies who advertise jobs in local newspapers. Everything is accomplished over the internet now, and employers can receive thousands of job applications for one job opening. Having your profile on LinkedIn, touted to be the world’s largest professional network, can help you in two ways.

The first is that many employers will search for you on LinkedIn when they receive your resume to get a better sense of who you are and what you’re all about – your personal brand, so to speak. Creating your LinkedIn profile is your chance to take control of what prospective employers see, know and think about you. It is often the first step to getting an in-person job interview.

The second way a LinkedIn profile is a plus is that many jobs are are farmed out to staffing firms and recruiters to fill. According to recent statistics, 90 percent of recruiters are on LinkedIn to research and discover potential candidates. From experience, I can tell you that after my son graduated college with a mechanical engineering degree, he sent out over 50 resumes to prospective employers without getting one response. When he updated his LinkedIn profile, he got the attention of staffing firms who began contacting him about jobs.

For more on creating a LinkedIn profile read Student Advisor’s LinkedIn: Enhance Your Profile & Get The Job Of Your Dreams.

3. Contact Staffing Firms

Don’t just wait for staffing firms to contact you. Research the firms that specialize in your field and sign up with them. Once relegated mainly to general and secretarial office help, staffing firms, also known as Temp. Agencies, have been created to specialize in most any field including Engineering, Computer Science, Health Services, Media Production, and even Art. As an employee of the staffing firm, you will have the opportunity to work in temporary jobs for a number of companies in your field of interest. This will give you a chance to make contacts, hone your skills, and find out what you like. It might even help you to land that job of your dreams – or at least put on on the right path.

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