You put in the time at school, and now you’re officially a graduate! Starting this new chapter of your life is beyond exciting, but it probably feels a bit intimidating too. Finding a job post-grad can feel like a daunting task. Navigating a job search can be tricky and it might take longer than you expect, but you’ll get there.

As one of the top hospitality staffing agencies in the country, LGC Hospitality knows a thing or two about finding your first job post-grad. Find out how to gain an edge on your competition.

Finding a Job Post-Grad: 5 Steps You Should Take

Decide where you’re headed

Take the time to figure out what you really want from your career when finding a job post-grad. It’s easy to fall into a path you’re not passionate about, but can be very challenging to get back on course.

Get an internship

If you think internships are only for college students, think again. This can serve as a great bridge for new grads, because you get to gain professional experience while trying a certain type of work on for size. Employers often hire outstanding interns, so this could help you land your big break.

Seek informational interviews

Different from standard job interviews, those of an informational nature don’t involve vying for an actual job. Instead, you’ll meet with professionals working in the types of roles you’re interested in and/or at companies you’d like to learn more about. Your findings will help you decide if the type of job or company is something you’d like to pursue. If you make a good impression, you’ll also gain a valuable contact who might be willing to assist in your job search.

Work with a staffing agency

You have bills to pay, so working for a staffing agency allows you to earn cash and take your time looking for jobs. Recruiters can set you up with flexible opportunities that fit your schedule, making it easy to conduct a job search simultaneously. In many cases, you’ll be able to hold positions in your field of choice, which will quickly flesh out your resume.

Companies use staffing agencies to fill positions at all levels, so your recruiter might even be able to connect you with an amazing direct hire opportunity.

Utilize alumni association resources

Many schools have a robust alumni association brimming with resources for new grads, so see if your alma mater has anything of this nature. If so, take advantage of every opportunity at your fingertips, as you might be able to get free resume-writing assistance or connect with alumni in your field who will use their contacts to help you get an ‘in’ with a great employer. Don’t hesitate to use all the resources at your disposal when finding a job post-grad.

Want to earn extra cash while searching for your first job post-grad? LGC Hospitality offers exciting, flexible opportunities with great pay. Get in touch with us today to learn more!