You just graduated from your university. Congratulations College Grad. All you have to do now is find that perfect job and you are set for life. After the initial “graduation euphoria” passes, reality begins to set in. Weeks turn into months and you are still looking for a job. The threat of student loan payments combined with the discouraging news about the job market and the economy may induce panic.
Before succumbing to panic, remember two things. You are not alone. Recent graduates all over the country are dealing with the same problems. There have been reports and stories all over the newspapers, internet, and television about people who are facing the same employment challenges you are. It probably isn’t you, it is the job market. After all, recent graduates are not the only ones having trouble finding a new job. Experienced workers that usually dominate the job market are having trouble locating jobs that are comparable to their experience and career path.
Inflation and an uncertain economy makes the job search a challenge. That being said, there are some extra things you can do to help increase your chances of getting hired. Writing a great resume will certainly raise your chances of getting the job you want. Therefore, you should objectively look at your resume and ask yourself, “Would you hire you?”
If you find your resume lacking or you have posted your resume and no employers are calling you for those important interviews, then you can get help from some resume building sites. But be careful, there is a lot of misleading and so-called Free Templates and Examples out there that will often never help you with your resume writing or career goals.
Sure attention getting resume templates might look good, but to get noticed by employers and get those interview calls you need to learn how to write a resume for today’s highly competitive job market. Even if you think your resume is perfect, it still wouldn’t hurt to seek some advice. Try not to use the same resume for every job application. It is wise to incorporate some of the job description in the cover letter or summary of qualifications on your resume. A great resume can show potential employers that you are the perfect candidate for the job.