December 9, 2023

In tough times, mass layoffs occur in nearly every industry. But what do you do if you’re a recent college graduate looking for your first job? Everyone around you has been laid off, how do you find a job?

Getting your first job out of college is hard enough without dealing with a bad economy. You need to prove your worth to employers with limited or no experience. Even before that, though, trying to get your resume through the ATS and into the hands of a hiring manager can be very challenging.

If you’ve just graduated from college and don’t know where or how to start your job search during these trying times, we have some simple but effective tips guaranteed to help you land your first job.

Despite mass layoffs, there are three things recent college grads should do to land a job:

1. Network intentionally

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At Work It DAILY, we firmly believe that your network is your net worth.About 30-50% All jobs today are obtained through referrals. Use the connections you’ve made through college or past summer internships to get your foot in the door somewhere. Finding a job is always easier when you are internally referred by someone who is already working for the company.

However, it’s not enough to simply ask your contacts about any employment opportunities they know of. You need to be conscious about your networking, or your job search will feel aimless.

List the companies you want to work for so you can focus your efforts on those areas. Here’s your interview bucket list – all the jobs you’d be willing to hire for your skills.

Creating this list will help focus your job search on who you need to network with, connect with, and start making connections to land the job opportunities you want.

remember: You’re not asking them for a job — you’re asking them for information that could help you land an interview.

2. Write a Disruptive Cover Letter

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A cover letter is the “voice” of your resume. If you want to be interviewed when a layoff occurs or so, the key is to write a damaging cover letter.

If you don’t write a damaging cover letter during your job search, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to stand out to employers. The ultimate goal of a disruptive cover letter is to tell a story so compelling about why you feel connected to the company that they want to pick up the phone and learn more about you.

What you lack in experience, you make up for with enthusiasm and a great connection story.

3. Consider unpaid internships

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Even without mass layoffs, getting an internship after college can be a very strategic move in your career.

If you’re struggling to find work after college, consider applying for an internship position. Paid internships are best, but if a lot of companies are laying off workers, ask them if they have unpaid internships. You won’t get paid, but you will gain a lot of experience. If the internship goes well, after a few months of hard work and proving yourself to be a valuable employee, they may offer you a full-time position.

At the end of the day, experience will set you apart in the current job market as it gives you the ability to develop your skills and show how you can make or save money for the company – when you become an employer, every employer Would love to hear these interviews with them.

School teaches you everything except how to get a job. No matter how competitive or chaotic the job market, recent college graduates can use these three tips to stand out to employers and land a great job soon after graduation.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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