Congratulations! You’ve survived the long lectures, exams and the late night coffee-filled study groups. Yes, you’ve graduated and you’re ready to take on the world, so where do you start? So many companies are touting “the best place to work” mantra, but that does not mean it’s the best place for you. Let us help you get started – we've compiled some key points to keep in mind.
First, some self-reflection is next; understanding what you want from a company is key. Let’s move past salary, benefits and perks companies offer, these are going to be competitive for most companies. The Chicago Tribune, cited findings from a La Salle Network Survey in an article titled “Office perks are nice, but here’s what new college grads really want”: “En masse, nobody is accepting a job or choosing a company because there’s a barista or because they can bring their dog to work,” said LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel. “People, especially early in their careers, they want to feel that they’re wanted and that there’s a real investment in their future.”
Second, diversify your search, don’t box yourself in and only have one possible type of role you are looking at. Syracuse University has stated “Transferable skills are your greatest asset” these innate skills acquired through life can set you apart from the crowd.
Third, create a target list of companies you want to work with. Use sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn to determine if a company is the right fit. With Glassdoor specifically, you read reviews and the experiences of actual employees and applicants of a company. After selecting your top companies, find the key players to connect within each. (40% of hires come from referrals, so get connected!)
Fourth, be on the offense and understand that companies have a variety of ways in which they find candidates. They use job boards like Jobing.com, social network sites like LinkedIn and in-person networking events similar to Denver Startup Week.
In the employment landscape (prior to the current COVID-19 outbreak) there are more jobs open than people to fill them, so use this to your advantage. While you are new to the career world and may lack first-hand work experience, you bring fresh knowledge and perspective. Understand your most marketable attributes, and leverage them. The Balance Career suggests using basic consumer marketing concepts as a strategy to identify your marketable qualities. The article also describes how to market those attributes effectively.
Your journey has just begun and we believe the tips we’ve illustrated will help make that voyage more enjoyable and fulfilling. Best of luck in your search!