Job Hunt for New Grads
It's already April, warmer weather is around the corner (hopefully!) and in just a few weeks, many students will be graduating and ready to enter the "real world."
I was trying to find a job during my last few weeks of college. While polishing up my résumé and writing cover letters, I realized I didn't really know too much about how to stand out among all the other new grads likely applying to the same jobs. Thankfully, at the time I graduated the job market wasn't the same as it is now, so I didn't have to worry too much about extra tips and tricks to get noticed.
But now, many new grads (or soon-to-be grads) may need to know how they can separate themselves from the pack. This Monster article has some good tips. One that is extremely pertinent is to make sure your social media profiles are "job ready." I read in another article a few days ago that 75 percent of recruiters look at Facebook and other social networks during the hiring process.
Now, this doesn't mean you have to get rid of everything on your profile; just be knowledgeable and employ privacy settings, at the very least.
Other great tips to make you stand out: start a blog, network offline and maintain genuine connections with people in your field.
What helped you land your first job? Share your tips with future lab professionals!