It’s no secret that finding a good job after college is no easy feat. This boils down to a couple of reasons. First off, the economy still isn’t all that great. And secondly, having a college degree has become the norm. There is more competition than ever in the job market for college graduates.
In fact, this is so true that it might be easier to get a high paying job by going to a trade school than it is going to college.
So what do you when you can’t find a job?
Find Something to Tide You Over
If you can’t find the job you want you’re going to have to settle for the next best thing. After all, you do need money, right?
Be creative and start looking for opportunities you hadn’t originally thought of. You can find possible options for full time or part time employment here if you’re a UK reader. If you’re from the US you can check the popular job websites, look in the classified, and ask your friends and family for job leads.
If finding the perfect job isn’t happening you can’t just not work. You have to find something that will tide you over until you are able to land the job you had your eyes on.
You can also start a side hustle and try to bring in some extra income that way.
Create Your Own Job
With the internet it is not only possible to create your own job, but it’s possible to make more money working for yourself than working for an employer.
That’s not to say creating your own job is easy, because it isn’t. However, if you’re an ambitious person then it’s more than possible.
Figure out how you can use your skills to start a freelance business.
Freelance businesses require little to no startup costs and are one of the fastest ways to make money. If you’re able to successfully create your own job you’ll see that not getting your dream job right out of college was a blessing in disguise.
When I say networking I’m not talking about going to events and handing your resume or business card out to a hundred people. In my experience that kind of networking is pretty ineffective.
Instead you should concentrate on making meaningful relationships with people you admire. For instance, is there someone who holds a position you’d like that you can become friends with? Send that person an email, give him a call, or take him out to coffee.
You shouldn’t be asking this person for huge favors. Just become friends and truly learn from this person.
Those meaningful connections you make can really help you get your career off the ground. Check out this guide on how to network like a boss.
Persevere And Find A Job
The job market is fierce – you’ve got some serious competition. If you want to land that dream job you’re going to have to stay consistent with your efforts.
In short, don’t give up. Do what you have to do now to survive financially while you work on inching closer to the position you want to be in.
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him here and here.
He regularly writes about investing, student loan debt, and general personal finance topics geared towards anyone wanting to earn more, get out of debt, and start building wealth for the future.
He has been quoted in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox, ABC, NBC, and more. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.