Hi Everyone and Happy Graduation!

Melissa Varischetti here, owner of FindAJobPA.com

It’s May, and that means graduation season! Whether high school, college, or graduate programs, pretty much everyone can count May as their final month of academic pursuits before moving on to the next step of their career. 

This brings us to the topic of this month’s blog post – Post-Graduation Job Search Tips. In other words, what do you do once you’ve gotten your diploma and are ready for your next great adventure? I’m gonna suggest a few tips, but please feel free to share your own success stories from your post-college jobs as well! And keep in mind these tips work well for applying for higher education opportunities as well. Just like a job, college and graduate school recruiters are looking to make sure your skills and abilities line up with their academic offerings. 

Update Your Resume After Graduation

This may sound obvious, but it’s super important to keep your resume up to date. Even though the best case scenario for applying to a job is to have that in-depth conversation with the recruiter, the reality is most of the time before a recruiter will call you back they’re studying your resume to see if you’re a good fit for the position. That’s why in addition to posting your GPA you should also consider posting relevant coursework, internships, and special on-campus activities that highlight your unique set of skills. No matter what fields you studied, you can find a way to tailor your academic pursuits to the job at hand. Feel free to get creative! 

For example, let’s say you’ve just completed a master’s degree in 16th century French literature. Now you’re looking to apply to a management position at a local retailer. You could highlight your critical analysis of diverse texts to show how you can synthesize complex information and get the job done – for example, explaining a new set of OSHA guidelines for your workplace to your team. You could also point to your completion of the master’s program to showcase your time management skills and attention to detail – you’re clearly able to balance multiple priorities and figure out the right solution academically, and that translates nicely to business. 

As you can see, there are many ways to take what you’ve done the past few years while in school and match them to desirable workplace skills. That may not always be obvious to a recruiter though, so be sure to make it crystal clear on your resume and cover letter. The cover letter is a great place to go more in-depth about how your skills align to the position, so definitely be sure to utilize that. 

Confirm Your References

Even if a position doesn’t specifically ask for reference, it’s never a bad idea to have a few listed in case the recruiter wants some more information about your skills. Especially coming off a few years of academic study, chances are you’ll have at least one or two folks you’ve worked closely with the past few years who could vouch for your academic integrity and professionalism. Just don’t forget to get their permission to list them as references, and be sure to let them know if they should expect to be contacted by a recruiter. After all, you want to be sure they give a good report about you!

Remember You’re Not Alone At Graduation

Even though your graduation is a special event, remember that you’re not the only recent grad looking for a new job. Employers know the middle of the year is the best time for new hires, so it’s a good chance they’ll be flooded with applications. Make sure your digital portfolio is as up-to-date as possible – including your Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/Snapchat and LinkedIn profiles – and be sure to run your resume through a spell checker before submitting it. And be sure to leverage those networking connections from school – oftentimes the difference between your resume ending up on the bottom of the stack or on top comes down to “I knew a guy who knew a guy who put me in touch with the recruiter.” Don’t be afraid to reach out to your network and see if anyone’s hiring! 

Well, that about wraps it up for this month’s post. Best of luck and congratulations if you’re graduating this month and looking for that next step. As always feel free to browse all our open positions on FindAJobPA.com and feel free to reach out with an email, text, or phone call if there’s anything I can do to help you!

Until next time,