Finding a job right out of college can be a really difficult thing to right now, so use the following tips to help improve your chances.
Use a Temp Service
You may not be able to find permanent employment, but you can still get a job opportunity with a company through a temporary service. Temp services are great for helping new employees get their foot in the door. Many companies now promote their new job openings solely through temp services. This gives them the opportunity to try an employee out for a month or two before hiring them. Some employees find themselves being offered full time employment when their temp contract is up.
I actually used a temp service to find weekend jobs right before I started college. The most interesting job was being a hypnotist’s assistant. He “hypnotized” the audience into following their dreams for weight loss. At the end of the session, they could buy vitamin supplements from me on their way out. It was an interesting two weekends.
Go Back to School
If you find that a bachelor’s degree is not enough to open the doors of employment, then you may want to go back to school for an advanced degree. The best time for some people to get a graduate degree is right after completing an undergraduate degree. Going back to school for two extra years could lead to a larger starting salary and allow you to qualify for a job that you would not otherwise be eligible for.
My husband decided that teaching was not as great as he thought it would be after 3 years and pursued a master’s degree to become a school librarian instead. It has worked out very well for him so far.
Start your Own Company
Many people argue that the best time to start an entrepreneurial endeavor is while you are still young. New college graduates can usually afford to take the risks of starting their own business since they are often not weighed down with the financial obligations that they may obtain down the road. Starting your own business can be as easy as reselling a product on Ebay, starting a petsitting business, or even building up a successful blog.
Network with Others
The key to getting a job is getting a recommendation from an inside source at the employer. I’d highly suggest networking with every friend, teacher, colleague, and family member possible to land a position. Social media sites like LinkedIn can also be helpful for finding someone to vouch for you so you can land a job in your field.
I received all of my part-time jobs in college by being referred by people I knew. I was even pointed towards my day job out of college by my husband who had been an intern there during one of his summer breaks.
What other ideas can you suggest for unemployed young adults right out of college?