Finding a Job in the Age of the Millennial

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After years of college and plenty of knowledge, eventually students have to find employment. Easier said than done, right?

While different fields of study have advantages and disadvantages within the job search, generally these are the best guidelines to follow when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

Step One: Don’t be discouraged too quickly.
According to The Atlantic, 45 percent of recent college grads are moving back home with their parents following graduation. Yet, 56 percent of more than 800 Niche users surveyed believe it’s not likely they’ll live with their parents after college.

Finding a Job: How likely is it that you'll live with your parents after college?

College graduates living with their parents aren’t a minority, and moving back home can actually be a good way to save money while you look for a job, so don’t feel bad if you have to move back into your parents’ digs. The best rule of thumb is to not be discouraged if everything doesn’t fall into place right away. Just as college was a process, so can the operation of receiving employment.

Step Two: Get your name out there.
Unlike in past generations, searching the classifieds for jobs isn’t the sole way to seek employment for Millennials. Luckily, there is a plethora of ways for people to get their names out there.

  • Create a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a way for employers to find potential candidates online and to put a face to a résumé. Companies also posts jobs on LinkedIn for users to apply to.
  • Utilize helpful job search engines like Indeed.com, Craigslist, and Snagajob, just to name a few. Also, popular blogs like Mashable have job boards, so remember to look for these kinds of sections on your favorite news websites.
  • Attend networking events.
  • Employ your alma mater’s career center to help connect you with alumni that may be able to help you in your job search.
  • Conduct informational interviews with people whose job you’d love to have. Ask them how they got to where they are and what kind of suggestions they might have for you. You’ll be surprised by how many people love talking about their jobs!
  • Let people who want to help you, help you. Your parents may have friends of friends who know someone in your field. Take advantage of all resources and be gracious to the people that want to assist. Creating business cards is a good way to have your contact information in a handy, compact format.

Step Three: Consider moving to a new area.
Don’t necessarily limit yourself to one particular location. While you may have your heart set on staying close to home or maybe even getting far away from home, you may want to consider areas where you’ll most likely find a job and thrive. Also, once you gain experience, you can always move back or move farther away since you’ll have more leverage in the job search.

Most Niche users are pretty open-minded when it comes to moving to a new city for a job. Sixty percent report being somewhat likely to move to a location that isn’t their top choice for a career opportunity.

Finding a Job: How likely would you be to move to a new city for a job?

Check out Niche’s ranking of the 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials to get an idea of where you may want to go or where Millennials are thriving.

Step Four: Recognize opportunities.
Getting your dream job doesn’t always happen overnight. It may take several job steps before you get to what you want, so keep an open mind in being able to take those steps. If you’re dead-set on a role within a particular company, apply to entry-level positions within that company to work your way up to the job you really want. If you talk to people with jobs you admire, you’ll probably learn that they, too, did the same thing when they were in your shoes.