How to Get Hired Right After Graduation
With student debt levels at all-time highs and a job market that is more competitive than ever, lining up a job for yourself after you graduate college is getting harder and harder to do. Even within the medical industry, where finding openings and getting interviews is incredibly structured, getting a job right out of the gate can be difficult if not impossible without the right groundwork laid first.
To help college students who may be worried about their ability to enter the job market as soon as possible, here are four tips that can help you find a job after graduation:
Create a Respectable Online Presence
Employers are going to be curious about you, so they will likely go to the same place everyone else does when they want to find something out: Google. Any of your social media pages, blogs and comment posts are pretty easy to dig up so long as they bear your complete first and last name.
LinkedIn is the arguably the most reliable place for employers to look, so complete your profile to give them something worthwhile to find. The promise of LinkedIn as a job-finding tool may be overstated, but with a complete, comprehensive profile, you can help your potential employer learn about you in much more detail than the typical resume.
Another benefit of LinkedIn is that you can upload content. Having good writing and communication skills is key to most modern jobs, so writing a few short blog posts can be a great demonstration of how you can reflect on your career’s various areas of interest. You can go one further by starting a related WordPress blog and updating it around once a month.
Get Field Experience
Internships are the easiest method of getting experience in your intended field as a college student. Remember that the company name and your job title can indicate to employers that you have a leg up over applicants without field experience. Make sure to describe your duties in detail and how they related to the duties of a typical professional in that field.
Visit Your School’s Career Office
Campus career offices are under-utilized resources, even though most students seem well-aware of how beneficial their services might be. A meeting with an on-campus career services advisor can get you oriented towards the job market in your intended field, provide advice and point you towards organizations or events that can help you get to know potential employers better.
Work with Professional Healthcare Recruiters
Most professional recruiters are concerned with delivering top talent to employers. Therefore, they usually do not charge the candidates since they are the main “product” the recruiter can offer. A recruiter works very much on your behalf to make your applicant profile more visible and to find you a best fit work environment. When an employer considers candidates, the recruiter will steer them towards applicants like you who are capable of fulfilling their needs. Best of all, recruiters help you automate job application submissions, allowing you to handle a minimum amount of repetitive paperwork during your job search.
Learn more about how healthcare recruiters can benefit you on your post-grad job search by reading our list of job seeker’s Frequently Asked Questions.