You are in the final few days of college and your graduation day is just around the corner, when you will be flinging your graduation caps in the air and step into the professional world. You might ask “what next”? Although it’s a good idea to have some fun after months of hard work, it is also important to keep an eye out for the improving yet competitive job market. There could not be a better time for college graduates to enter the job market, as the jobless recovery is gaining momentum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the private sector alone has added 760,000 new workers since February 1 and the net gains in payrolls exceeded 200,000. In a survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers, they predicted that hiring in entry level jobs across all degrees and majors will increase by 21%.
However, an optimistic outlook like that does not guarantee a spot in placements and one needs to be aggressively pursuing the options in order to get that coveted job many young job seekers vie for. Here are some tips that you can use to your advantage to gain the job of your dreams: Network, network, network! No one can emphasise less on the need to network enough. It’s about building mutually beneficial relationships that can help you in your career growth. Reach out to former college seniors, college placement cells and those contacts you built during your internship days.Don’t waste time and start looking for a job immediately. Be aggressive but also be flexible. Be willing and open to work anywhere and anytime.Don’t shy away from including your volunteer work or any odd summer jobs. All of this reflects the fullness of your personality and gives you an extra edge over other candidates. With Internet access being easily available to most college students, they seek and find relevant jobs online even before they complete their course. It is easier to login to job websites and promote profiles then wait around for a job to come your way, so take your job search to the next level by choosing online job sites.