Yesterday, we examined job search preparation from various perspectives. In this post, we focus more on job search for new college grads. Why this topic? Due to COVID-19, many new grads will need to restart the job search. And possibly turn to new career interests. Both time-consuming and anxiety-provoking activities.

Next, we look opportunities as well as threats.


Lots of Opportunities: Job Search for New College Grads

Despite the adverse impact of COVID-19, new grads should strive for a positive attitude and strong motivation to find the best job. Patience will be required. Lower expectations may be helpful. Now is the time to further enhance your skill set. And reassess your career goals.

As (the author of the infographic shown below) notes:

“Only 27% of college graduates work in a job related to their major. With such a low number, it’s safe to assume most people don’t know what their ideal career looks like. It can take years of doing the wrong job before you find the right fit. Day-to-day work and a company’s culture all play a part in finding the perfect career. With that in mind, here is a sampling of job types that are a great fit for each specific archetype. The answers may surprise you!”

Job Search Preparation for New College Grads
College Recruiter is an excellent site to visit. Click the image to visit the COVID-19 section of its Web site.

Lots of Opportunities

And NYU has a nice video overview of the job search for new grads in 2020. [It’s almost an hour long.]


Threats to Consider: Job Search for New College Grads

In these uncertain times, it is quite important to examine which industries are expected to have a tough road. And to plan carefully before looking for a job in those industries.

In our prior post, we noted the value of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) in projecting both ascending and declining industries. It covers more than 325 occupational profiles!!

A recent article from Fairygodboss identifies several industries with questionable job prospects. For example, see the following list. Most of these are not surprising:

  • Airlines
  • Hospitality
  • Food and beverage services
  • Energy
  • Automobiles
  • Retail


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