Diekman, 22, is looking forward to a "gap"
year after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from
the University of Michigan in May.
who majored in women’s studies and history, wants to
find a job in the nonprofit field to fill that gap.
a lot of people, it’s really overwhelming,"
Diekman said. "It’s still very hard and
frustrating looking for jobs."
is doing an unpaid grant writing internship at a
Michigan chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s
also working weekends at a gourmet market. Eventually,
she wants to go to graduate school to become a professor
in women’s studies.
she wants to work in the nonprofit sector right now
before committing to grad school. If she doesn’t find
better paying work, she plans to move back home to and
live with her parents for a while.
class of 2015 is more fortunate than many other
graduating classes. Employers had plans to hire 8.3
percent more new college graduates in 2015 than they did
last year, according to a job outlook from the National
Association of Colleges and Employers. The reason?
Companies are anticipating that their businesses will
grow and they’re expecting more baby boomers to
retire. Some employers want to fill their "talent
pipelines," as well.
overall, the job prospects have been slim for
Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen noted early in 2015 that
millennials have had a "tough time in the job
stressed that as the economy strengthens, she’d expect
more millennials to move on with their adult lives to
form households and buy homes.
first, you’ve got to find a good job, right? Here are
three tips in the job hunt:
A JOB COACH
at least look for some outside help. Recent college
grads who still don’t have a job or consider
themselves as underemployed can tap into some job
hunting tips and maybe find a job coach, as part of a
"Brand of You" campaign being launched by
Fifth Third Bank.
the bank, the job hunting campaign is an opportunity to
humanize a financial institution. For job seekers,
though, there’s a shot at finding some extra help
snagging a paycheck.
millennials are finding some real challenges finding
work after getting a college degree, said Jack Riley,
senior vice president and marketing director for Fifth
is a real problem out there," Riley said.
"This is one small way in helping in that overall
studies show that more than half of college grads are
unemployed or underemployed six months after graduation,
Third Bank is working again with the national
reemployment company, NextJob. There’s a contest where
Fifth Third is giving away $1 million in job coaching.
The campaign will offer 1,000 job coaching scholarships
from now through July 20. Participants tweet an answer
to the question: "Tell us why you deserve free
one-on-one job search coaching."
#BrandofYou and #53Enter on Twitter for some details. Or
go to the website www.53.com/brandofyou.
there are also online tips and events to help build a
brand and develop a job search schedule.
tips include: Do not send out a generic resume.
Highlight your skills that would fit a specific job at a
specific company. Give details about your
accomplishments. Use keywords that fit the industry or
the company. Proofread.
OUT OF THE HOUSE
Francis, 22, graduated in May from Central Michigan
University with a bachelor of applied arts degree. She
majored in broadcast and cinematic arts.
just celebrated her first month working at her dream job
as a TV reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich., because she
went to a television conference in the spring and talked
with a speaker who was a reporter from Fox 17 News WXMI.
reporter suggested she contact the station and apply for
a job. She thought there was no way they’d hire her
but she applied.
landed an interview. She almost teared up, she said,
when she was offered the job.
was so excited that someone just offered me my dream
job. I can’t believe I’m doing something I love so
advice: "I wouldn’t waste your time going through
all those websites."
job sites can help with some leads, she said, it worked
better for her when she was able to make a contact with
someone already at the company.
you’re reaching out to people and networking, those
people will see how much you want the job," she
advice: She created an Excel spreadsheet to keep track
of where she sent resumes, contact names, information
about the station, and where she was in the process of
applying for a job. She didn’t always recognize who
was calling her back, but she was able to quickly refer
to the spreadsheet for information.
can be too easy to stop looking, especially if you don’t
have success in the first few months after graduating
the hiring picture is ever changing and jobs open up all
the time. Spend some time researching companies to
better understand how your skills and background might
make a good fit for a given job. Get an idea of how you’d
fit into a company culture.
willing to stretch and have some hope that you
ultimately will find a real job.