The future of work: how to get a job after graduation in 2020

This week’s guest blogger, Artur Meyster of Career Karma, reminds us to be persistent…

The graduating class of 2020 might be worried about what’s on the horizon. However, there is a solution to every problem and the best strategy when looking for a job is to stay hopeful. If you have just graduated, here are some tips to help you find a job in these unusual times:

Be flexible

Everyone wants to work in their dream job, especially after graduation! The reality is that you might have to be flexible when trying to land your first job.

So, apply for your dream job, but be prepared to accept another job that comes your way. Having a job will give you a source of income and the opportunity to build your skills.  

Build an online presence

Even before you graduate, you can become a known expert in your field. There are many platforms where you can create personal profiles and build your brand. Or, become a writer in a field related to your career.

Many companies are moving into the online world – a profile on Linkedin and other job platforms is a must. You should include a professional photo of yourself and a description that highlights your skills and experiences.

Create your own experience

Sometimes, new graduates don’t have any experience whatsoever, which can hinder finding valuable industry experience. So, be proactive and start creating your own opportunities.

Research companies in your field and near your location. Offer to volunteer in their offices. You’re unlikely to get paid, but the experience will be invaluable.

There are online volunteering opportunities too. For example, if you are a software developer, you can look to many of the programmer communities and collaborate on an open-source project.

Target growing companies

Many companies have lost a lot of money during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the travel and tourism industry has suffered.

Research which companies are keeping afloat and which are even growing. Most of the companies that are growing offer services needed during lockdown, such as entertainment, delivery, food, online stores and remote teams solutions.

Network, network, network

Networking can be vital for finding a new job, but with social distancing, the standard networking strategies have changed! However, you can still contact all your college friends and possible connections online and most events are being held online too.

Although it can be harder to make an impression on a potential employer through a screen, the benefit of these events is that you can attend several, from the comfort of your home! Ask questions when attending talks and webinars to make your presence known.

Keep learning

You might have to wait to find a job opportunity. Take advantage of the free time between job interviews and sending applications to learn new skills that will further your career. The least hit professions are the ones related to tech and science, so learning a tech skill that complements your resume could be a good option. There are many online courses and that allow you to get a professional certification in a few months. Do your research and start learning.

Enhance your mental health

After spending years working hard to finally get your degree, entering a market during unstable times is daunting. Make this the perfect moment to strengthen your mind.

Working in your community or enjoying hobbies gives you purpose in life, and working on yourself means others will see your strengths when they meet you.

Resilience is the ability to overcome difficulty – you can do it!

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.