It seems that no matter where we look today, there are signs of hope and signs of detriment. This good news/bad news scenario often depends on the media outlets to which we pay most attention. The great news is that for recent graduates, the best days are just ahead.
Many of those ready to receive their diplomas and symbolically move the tassel from one side to the other, may be wondering what the outlook is for new employment. While job growth hasn’t been as consistent as some may have hoped, there are still opportunities for those who are job hunting.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ December 2013 news release, unemployment rates decreased in 45 states and the District of Columbia in the month of November. This is a clear sign of improvement. For the college labor market, the BLS reports that as of August 2013, there has been a three percent overall improvement in employment. Therefore, it is important for graduates to position themselves as top candidates in their respective fields.
Know Your Industry
Graduates should research their career fields to learn about the ideal job candidates. Many universities offer guidance to assist students in reaching their career goals. They may also know of local opportunities in a particular industry and point students in the right direction when beginning their job hunt.
One of the best ways to learn more about job opportunities is to build relationships with people who are already established in a particular industry or field. The old saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” can hold very true in the business world. New graduates should talk with fellow peers and professors about their areas of expertise and ask if they know anyone who may be hiring.
Exhibit Practical Skills
One of the most important qualities employers are looking for in potential candidates is the ability to transfer knowledge into practical skills. One must be able to translate education into experience and demonstrate their ability to do so.
Maintain a Positive Outlook
Job seekers need to understand that the process of finding a new position can be overwhelming at times, but this certainly should not allow them to be discouraged. Those who actively seek employment and use the resources at their disposal will be successful.
The job market is slowly improving. The past year saw a steady rise in employment figures, which is encouraging news to us all. Graduates have invested a significant amount of time and effort into their education and now have ample opportunities to find their “dream job.”
Author bio: Jennifer Cook writes about online education, learning trends and student life for Strayer.edu. She loves it when teachers connect with students online, and she’s scrubbed her social profiles clean, just in case Big Brother is watching.