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3 Tips for New Grads Coming into the Job Market in 2020

When you think of new graduates entering the job market, most likely, you focus on the time of year that follows the end of the routine school year. All graduates don’t fall into this bucket, though, especially for those attending commencement in December and entering the job market as 2020 arrives. For anyone in that situation, here are three tips for finding a job in the current market.

Tell Your Story in a Resume and Online Profiles

As a recruiter or hiring manager searches for a candidate, these two places are sometimes the only chance you have to make a first impression. As an active job seeker, your resume acts as the CliffNotes version of who you are and what you offer before those in charge of hiring even meet you. Make it memorable, compelling, and easily digestible.
Whether an active or passive job seeker, keep your online profiles acceptable and tight. Recruiters and hiring managers have more access now than ever to research potential candidates. Your digital presence should not only exemplify you as a person but you as a professional. If you don’t want a future employer to see something, don’t post it. At the same time, get involved as a thought leader, engaging with content tied to who you are and what you want to do.

Compensation Isn’t Everything, Benefits Are

Everyone needs to make a living, and there’s no debating that, but a decision to take a job shouldn’t be made strictly on what you will earn. There’s more associated with attaining the work-life balance you want. Even if it’s not the sexiest of benefits, the meat and potatoes of a strong benefits package is health insurance. It gives you peace of mind in case something were to happen, and it also proves the value a company places on its employees. Probably 1A to health insurance is paid time off, and that’s not just vacation-time based. What about leave benefits? Even if you don’t need to think about maternity or paternity leave right now, it’s worth knowing if an employer would offer that to you if you reach that point. Work from home and flex-time benefits are also worth asking about. There’s never such a thing as asking too many questions about benefits when considering a job.

Your Network Can Be Your Lifeline

Networking not only allows you to connect with like-minded professionals within and outside of your industry, but it also grows your circle and can help you land the job you’re looking for. Although it can be time-consuming, don’t underestimate the impact it can have on your career. According to LinkedIn, 70% of people got hired at a company where they had a connection, so putting in the time to connect with others can be worth it. Before you think networking means being out and about at events late at night or at inopportune times, networking can be as simple as having a conversation with someone in the comfort of your own home. A previous LinkedIn study found that 35% of people who had a casual conversation on LinkedIn Messaging led them to a new opportunity.

As you ring in the New Year and celebrate your graduation, prepare for what the job market holds for you in 2020, revamp your digital presence, don’t be afraid to ask questions along the way, and put in the time to expand your network. Cheers to the offer letters flowing like champagne.