During a radio interview with WDEL, Placers President Chris Burkhard addresses several important topics related to the job market:
1 – Job creation remains robust, with an impressive 250,000 new jobs added last month, surpassing economists’ expectations. Burkhard discusses the key factors to consider regarding job prospects in the next 3-6 months and whether the strong job creation of the past three years can be sustained.
2 – With graduation season underway, Burkhard provides insights into the job market for graduates, both those with traditional college degrees and those who have taken alternative paths. He offers advice on effective job search strategies for new graduates, helping them navigate the current job market. See below for all of Chris’s advice for recent grads.
3 – Acknowledging the rising layoffs and concerns about a potential economic slowdown, Burkhard provides counsel to different groups. For job seekers, he offers guidance on how to navigate the job market during uncertain times. For employed individuals worried about a downturn, Burkhard provides advice on proactive measures to safeguard their careers. Lastly, he advises employers on how to plan strategically when they have job openings amidst an uncertain economy.
Through this interview, listeners gain valuable insights into the current state of the job market, the job prospects for graduates, and practical guidance for job seekers, employees, and employers during times of economic uncertainty.
Chris’s advice for recent college graduates
Congratulations on your college graduation! Here are some job search best practices for a new college graduate:
– Define your career goals: Take some time to identify your interests, strengths, and career aspirations. This will help you narrow down your job search and focus on relevant opportunities.
– Build a strong resume: Tailor your resume to highlight your education, internships, relevant coursework, projects, and any other experiences that demonstrate your skills and qualifications. Keep it concise, error-free, and visually appealing.
– Craft a compelling cover letter: Customize your cover letter for each application, emphasizing why you are interested in the specific company and how your skills align with the job requirements.
– Leverage your network: Reach out to friends, family, professors, alumni, and industry professionals. Attend career fairs, industry events, and networking sessions to expand your connections. Many job opportunities are found through networking.
– Utilize online job boards and career websites: Explore popular job search platforms like LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, and company websites. Set up job alerts and actively search for entry-level positions in your field.
– Research companies: Look for organizations that align with your values, culture, and career interests. Learn about their mission, products/services, recent news, and company culture. This knowledge will help you tailor your applications and perform well in interviews. Consider temp or contract work its 50% of the jobs.
– Prepare for interviews: Practice common interview questions and develop concise, compelling answers. Research the company and position thoroughly. Dress professionally, arrive early, and bring extra copies of your resume. Prepare a few thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer.
– Showcase your skills through internships and projects: If you lack professional experience, consider internships, volunteer work, or personal projects that demonstrate your skills and dedication. These experiences can make your resume stand out.
– Develop a professional online presence: Ensure your social media profiles (especially LinkedIn) present you in a professional and positive light. Remove any inappropriate content that may negatively impact your job prospects.
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