As college graduates enter workforce, expert gives tips for finding the right job (includes video story)

With college graduations winding down, it is time to think about the next step: entering the workforce. More than half of college graduates are unemployed within a year, according to a recent study by Strada Institute. It may take time for them to find the right job, experts say.

Fran Berrick, the founder of Spearmint Coaching, says that it may take up to five to seven months for those graduates to find a job. “In 2022, there were two jobs for every individual, and now it’s completely the inverse, there are two individuals for every job,” says Berrick.

The routine of constantly applying for jobs can be exhausting, but she gives the following tips to land a job.

  1. Build a profile of jobs you are interested in applying for.
  2. Research those companies that are on your list.
  3. Find jobs by networking. Contact alumni and talk to college career services as well as friends or family.
  4. Play up those skills you already have attained.

While some entry-level jobs require previous work experience, Berrick says don’t downplay the clubs and organizations you were in. List those babysitting and waitressing jobs because those experiences count. She goes on to say that while the routine may be exhausting and repetitive, you must keep applying. Every step counts. 

Emma Alonso is a senior majoring in Digital Broadcast Media. She is passionate about photography and videography. After graduation she hopes to work in the photojournalism field, more specifically on the sidelines of an NFL or NBA team capturing stories through her camera.