Navigating the Workforce after College
Are you a recent graduate looking to start your career but are unsure of how to navigate the workforce? Well, you’re not alone. According to a recent study conducted by Accenture, 49% of recent college graduates consider themselves to be underemployed or in a field that does not require a degree. So, how can you combat this?
Register with a staffing agency
- Contract work provides you with job security and flexibility to learn while on the job. In many cases, high performing contractors are considered for full time openings before employers open the position to external candidates.
Do your research
- Make sure you are applying for the right jobs and your pay expectations align with market data. Resources like glassdoor.com, salary.com, and O*Net can help you narrow this down.
- Before interviewing, take a look at the job description and draw connections between your past experiences and how they can relate to the position requirements.
- Don’t be afraid to branch outside your general job search and look for something outside your desired field.
Refrain from thinking, “this job isn’t related to my career goals, it’s not going to help me.”
- Every job can help build your skills. Whether it is on the job training or industry knowledge, these are topics you may not know had you not taken the opportunity to market yourself.
Be an active candidate
- A great way to be an active candidate is by leveraging your network. You might come across a position posted with a company where an old friend or classmate works. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them. If you are comfortable doing so, ask if they will refer you. Many companies offer employees a referral bonus so if you are hired, it’s a win, win!
By using these tips, you will find yourself working in the career of your dreams in no time!
About: Elisabeth Mayer is a Recruiter with Staffing Solutions Enterprises specializing in both direct hire and temporary staffing needs. Elisabeth brings national recruiting experience in both manufacturing and business professional positions to the SSE team. On a personal level, Elisabeth has a passion for networking and recruiting technology. In addition, Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from John Carroll University and is very enthusiastic about maintaining Human Resource trends and topics.