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December Grads: Don’t Despair!

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Most people are moving into “Holiday Mode”, you know the season where you go to a bunch of parties, drink too much, shop for friends and family that you haven’t seen in ages, and if you’re broke, try not to spend too much. Some of you though, are actually GRADUATING from college in December. I did (and then in June I went to the ceremony). Companies and firms gear up for June graduates to flood them with resumes, but in December, there’s not too much attention paid to new grads looking for their first “real job”, so there is a real chance someone in HR might actually read your resume. You will have an advantage if you ALREADY have some work experience, and have been networking.

But there is a big advanage to graduation in December, so don’t despair.

A little known secret is that December is a big hiring month for many companies. I once hired 12 employees in a two week span at the end of December! It goes like this: department directors request and get new hire budgets in January, then they get busy, and make some attempts to hire around June (recent grads!), and, somehow, the end of the year sneaks up on them, and they still haven’t hired! Unless they hire employees by Dec 31, they will lose that budget, and have to start the funding process all over in January. SO..what this means, is that successful companies have human capital budget, and are in a big hurry to get new employees on board. Here are some tips to be one of those new hires:

1.  Start at the Career Center

Many college career centers have established relationships with firms, companies and almuni, so go there first. They can help you put together a résumé, and help you connect with the companies. Be sure to follow-up on your own with any leads they give you.

2. Use Social Media

Start with Facebook, since you’re already there. Find companies you want to work for, search for their page, and go from there: Like them, post to their wall, and engage. Many companies have a “Jobs” section making it even easier. Then, be sure to utilize Linked In to its fullest: take advantage of the “recent grads” sections, groups, discussions, and jobs. You can conduct company research, and follow companies and recruiters. Be sure to complete your profile, use a professional photo, get solid recommendations, and upload a stellar résumé. In general, maintain a professional online image, as most hiring managers check Social Media prior to candidate selection.

3. Check the Job Boards

I am not a huge proponent of job boards, but this is the time of year that companies take advantage of posting open jobs on Monster, Career Builder, etc. So, take a look, and if you see something you like, check it out on Linked In, maybe you’re connected to someone on the inside. If so, reach out.

4. Network EVERYWHERE!

It’s the holidays – so take advantage of every opportunity to network: at parties, events, church, temple, mosque, shopping, protests, email newsletters, year-end charity events, etc. Be sure you have business cards – yes, business cards – with your current phone, email, a branding statement, and a link to your Linked In profile. Networking is an essential part of your career search, so the sooner you get busy, the better. Remember, networking is about building trusted relationships, and not just collecting business cards.

Even though the December graduate doesn’t get all the attention, you may get all the jobs!!

Need help with your job search? Claim your complimentary career assessment by emailing me at Kristi.Enigl@gmail.com.

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