So you’re counting down the days until graduation, marking each day off of the calendar. Although there is the excitement of closing a significant chapter, for some there may be a bit of anxiety about the unknown and what lies ahead.
Particularly, for graduates who may not have received a job offer, and feel like everyone has an offer or plan except for them. Here are a few actions you can take to help your situation:
1.) Follow Up On Prior Interviews
Start by following up on your prior interviews. Don’t assume if you did not hear back from the interviewer that you aren’t perhaps still in “play” for a position. A simple email (I suggest you attach your resume) reiterating your interest in working for their company and asking for an update will suffice.
Depending upon their scope of responsibility, a recruiter may meet with a ton of candidates; it never hurts to remind them that you’re out there. Even if the opportunity you originally met with the recruiter about was filled there is always the possibility that they can consider you for a different role.
2.) Spend Time on LinkedIn
Take a few minutes and update your LinkedIn profile. Be sure it now reflects the degree you’ve obtained and any other special skills or experiences. LinkedIn shares the changes you’ve made to those in your network, therefore, this is a great way to put yourself out there and in the forefront of your professional connections.
I have to tell you that I love this feature. I look forward to seeing what the graduates in my network are doing now, and if there is the possibility that they could eventually fill an opportunity at our company.
While you’re on LinkedIn, take a look at the connections of your parents, professors, advisors, and mentors. Is there someone they’re connected to that could possibly assist you with obtaining position in your ideal industry? If so, ask for an introduction! You may be surprised where a simple LinkedIn connection leads!
3.) Contact Career Services
Another resource to explore would be your school’s career services team. Don’t assume that just because the semester is ending that all jobs are filled. Company representatives are inclined to reach out to career services with their last minute openings. Career services can also connect you with school alumni in your prospective field as well.
4.) Keep Calm
Think of all the “Keep Calm and Carry On” taglines that are out there! “Keep Calm and Buy Shoes”, “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake”, and one I just came up with “Keep Calm and Find a Job”! While you may not feel like laughing, it never hurts to add some humor to your career search. You are surely not alone in this situation.
The last thing you need is additional pressure on yourself. Come up with your own “Keep Calm” mantra that makes you laugh or commit to doing something fun that you enjoy everyday. This will help decrease the anxiety you may be feeling and help you stay even more focused!
Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers. Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee. During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at blog.hyatt.jobs.