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Addresses the most common issues regarding resumes. From time to time there will be an article written on trends concerning the resume, as well as articles pertaining to resumes and interviews.

Congratulations Graduate! While May and June are graduation season for graduates, now that you’ve graduated what do you do next? What should be the next step in finding a job that is aligned with what you graduated in? Do you just go and apply with what sounds good or were you given a referral from someone? What is your strategy now that you have graduated?

I’ve listed 3 ways in getting started that will help introduce you to the working world? Let me know what you think and if you’ve had success with what I’ve mentioned.

1. Your Career Placement Office – This is a hidden jewel that I think we don’t think we take advantage of enough. Most of your career placement centers have already developed business relationships with employers who are looking to fill vacant positions and quite a few are considering college graduates. They are a big component of college career fairs, internships and co-ops. Student organizations are another way that career placement office provides a means to gaining employment. Business organizations, Engineering organizations, Teacher organizations, Medical organizations and the list goes on and on. Check with your local career placement office and develop a relationship with them. If something is not available at the time, because you’ve developed a relationship with them and often checked in with them, it can work as a win-win solution.

2. LinkedIn – This mecca of information as the world’s professional networking sight has so many opportunities available for you to become introduced to the world. Here are some of what LinkedIn serves to do:

a.) Create your profile professionally. If you don’t know what to say there are many tools to learn LinkedIn. You can find two or three professionals’ profile and mimic what you should write or at least you will have an idea.

b.) Groups – You can select groups that interest you pertaining to your career and join. You can post articles pertaining to that groups focus; you can post questions relevant to that group and come back with answers from all over the world; you can announce to the group relevant speakers, conferences, workshops, post job postings or announce that you are looking for a job in your field, you can attend these same events also.

c.) Learning – LinkedIn now has the availability to learn even further if you feel that your career would be enhanced if you had a few classes under your belt, pertaining to your field. Some jobs require experience in certain fields, and learning more specifics could be just what you need.

3. Network – Most people forget this important step. But, it is a very powerful tool to use. Network with others in your field, and outside of your field. You never know who knows who; and where it may lead. There are many Meetups you can join to network and gain priceless information for free.

If you haven’t tried these three, go ahead and make your day!

If you liked this article and want to submit your question about your resume. Go to her Facebook page at A-Z Resume and Employment Solutions and like the page. For speaking engagements, to be a guest lecturer, or to teach a class, or do a workshop, you can contact her at 214-810-5790. Vanessa Morrison is a Resume/Career copywriter, a New Hire Consultant/Coach. She has been in business for 7 years writing resumes and now teaches others and is the author of Maximize Your Job Success Series, most recently Maximize Your Job Success - 8 Secrets to Get HR’s Attention.
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Wednesday, June 7th 2017 at 11:51AM
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