How do I get started on finding jobs post-grad?
Hello, I am a graduating senior this coming Spring 2023. I am quite nervous about finding a job before I graduate because I am unsure what are the next steps. Since I am still in school, how do I kickstart the process? The time is ticking and I am quite nervous about it.
- I am going to graduate with a BA in Psychology.
- I've had experience working with children from K-8th grade.
I am looking for people-oriented jobs where I work with others to help them learn and grow. I am not interested in going to grad school at the moment, so I'd prefer jobs that would train me or is easy to pick up.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! It's natural to feel nervous about finding a job, but with your background in psychology and experience working with children, you have a solid foundation to build upon. Embrace this exciting new chapter in your life and trust that you have the skills and passion needed to succeed.
Begin by taking a moment to reflect on your interests and skills. Consider the type of work environment in which you would thrive and the specific roles that align with your interests and strengths. As you mentioned an interest in people-oriented jobs, think about roles in education, counseling, or human resources.
Next, explore different industries and job titles that fit your criteria. By researching potential roles, you'll gain a clearer understanding of where your passion lies and can focus your efforts on suitable opportunities.
Ensure your resume and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date, showcasing your relevant experience and skills. Remember, your online presence can be the first impression potential employers have of you, so make it count.
Networking is crucial during this time. Reach out to professors, classmates, and professional contacts you've made along the way. These connections can provide valuable advice and might even lead to job opportunities.
Attend career fairs and events, where you can meet employers and learn about job openings. These gatherings can be an excellent way to discover potential opportunities and make connections with professionals in your field.
When you find jobs that align with your interests and skills, apply with enthusiasm and confidence. Customize your resume and cover letter for each application, emphasizing how your background and experiences make you a strong candidate for the role.
Lastly, prepare for interviews by practicing with friends, family, or career counselors. This will help you become more comfortable discussing your experiences and qualifications, as well as answering common interview questions.
Remember, job hunting can take time, so be patient and persistent in your efforts. Keep an open mind and be willing to explore various opportunities, as you never know where your career journey might lead. You have the passion and tenacity to create a meaningful and fulfilling career, so trust yourself and embrace the adventure ahead. Good luck!
USAjobs.gov & state/local government job boards are good places to start. Your state/local government has job boards which is free to post your resume on. Make sure to let them know that they can send you updates on all jobs you are qualified for as they become available. Example: I posted my resume with my state/local government & very shortly got a notification of a need for a court officer in my town. Special Process Server. A field I had no idea even existed.
Look into volunteering. That also opens doors.
Gennie A’s Answer
also check your school career service, sometime they are able to get you interviews inside the campus
if you already know what you want to work for. start by taking some elective or classes that will help you be more competitive .
you will be amazed what an excel class or a python class can do for you when you are looking for a job.
1. Write a great resume!
2. Go to your school's Career Services department. They can help with your resume and can help you navigate to the roles that might be a fit. They'll connect you with companies that are looking to hire entry level. Many Career Services departments set up career days where companies come to your school and meet with students to talk about the opportunities they have available.
3. Spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Build your network - connect with anyone and everyone you know. Join groups, and explore different companies and roles. LinkedIn also has a jobs site where you can set up notifications for the types of opportunities you would be interested in. Apply for roles you think would be a fit and then look for people you know who work there. Reach out to them and let them know you've applied. Ask them if they can get your resume in the right hands. This way your resume comes in from 2 sources and is more likely to be seen!
When I think of 'people oriented jobs', I think of HR; Recruiting, Learning & Development, HR Generalist. Marketing is another area you might want to explore. Good luck!!
Also looking into public schools
It is good that you have already had some job scope in mind.
Below are my suggestions:
1. You can start to look for relevant job advertisements now and acquire understanding on the requirements
2. Prepare your cv that having the job relevant requirements focus
3. Explodes any intern opportunities.
4. 3-4 months before graduation, you can start submitting your job applications
5. Keep an eye on any job opportunities in the college career office
Hope it helps! Good Luck!