Class of 2021 – congratulations! You have reached another milestone in your life. You have just received your degree, you celebrate a little, and then life hits you. And then you ask yourself one question: how to get a job after college? You are not the only graduate student who has asked that question. And to make this even ‘better’ – we are living in 2021, still in the pandemic, when even interviewing is not what it used to me. But don’t worry, we have plenty of tips on how to land a job when you are fresh out of college.
1. Leverage LinkedIn to find jobs
Employers and recruiters, especially now, do most of the work remotely and this is your opportunity to shine. If you never had a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to make one. LinkedIn is a perfect site to list all your experiences, accomplishments, courses, projects, etc. Your LinkedIn profile is the extended version of your resume and you should focus on optimizing your profile so that recruiters can find you. LinkedIn also offers an opportunity to virtually network with people, find newly open positions, and match your skills with job openings. You will stand out from the competition if you spend time optimizing and polishing your LinkedIn profile.
2. Buy a domain and create a website
If you want to stand out from others, then get a domain with your name and create your website. When you buy a domain with your name you are creating a personal brand. You can make a cv website where you can showcase your work. If you are a designer, you can make a gallery of your photos. If you are a writer, you can write blog posts and potential recruiters will immediately see and read your work. Creating a website in Wix or WordPress is very easy and it will cost you very little for starters.
Buying a domain with your name has its benefits. If you put that link at the top of your resume, the recruiter can easily search that site. Even if you just buy a domain and redirect that to your LinkedIn profile, it will still look professional. yourname.com is better than linkedin.com/in/yourname
3. Get work experience as a freelancer
As a fresh graduate, you probably don’t have a lot of work experience and you don’t have to have plenty. You were a college student and that was your primary job – the focus was on studying. But if you want to stack some experience you can always leverage Fiverr or Upwork. If you are good at something, then create a gig and showcase your skills. You are getting the work experience and you are making money on the side. If few people order projects from you on Fiverr or Upwork, you are already better than your peers. You have something to show to recruiters. On your resume, you can always list that experience as ‘Freelancer’.
4. Learn new skills online to boost your resume
You have probably browsed through dozens of job listings and you saw that companies look for specific skills such as SQL, Amplitude, Google Ads, etc. A lot of fresh graduates get discouraged and never apply for positions if they see they are lacking only one specific skill. Don’t be like that. You can’t always have all the skills, but you can always learn and improve by taking online classes. Udemy, edX, and Skillshare, offers thousands of great courses at low prices and you can learn Google Analytics or SQL in one day. Once you go through the course you can put that new skill on your resume. Some courses even offer certificates that add authority.
5. Make your resume ATS compatible
When you apply for a job, your resume will go through a processing system. Your resume has to be ATS (applicant tracking system) compatible for recruiters to notice your resume. That means that your resume has to have keywords that match the job requirements. To pass the automated screening tailor your résumé, to each job you are applying for. And make sure the system can “read” your résumé. PDF is great if you send your resume directly in an e-mail. However, in some systems, the PDF file format can make your résumé appear as a single image, so Microsoft Word may be a better choice. Fancy fonts, formatting, images are less readable and thus you should avoid them.
Always be positive and approach each application with a professional attitude. If you need help with writing your resume, cover letter, and optimizing your LinkedIn, you can hire me on Fiverr and I will be more than happy to help you land your dream job.