Job Search Tips for December Graduates

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You have made the exciting decision to graduate this December and worked hard to make this happen for yourself. A world of possibilities awaits you; and while you are discovering what those may be, it’s okay to take a break and enjoy this impressive accomplishment. 

At Hiatt, we are excited to collaborate with you on next steps. Here are some helpful tips to get you started before you leave Brandeis:

Prepare for the ‘real world’

Life outside of campus can look a lot different to a new grad. Searching for jobs, learning about benefits and even moving to a new place can leave you with many questions. You can get ahead of the game by:

Polish your brand

Update your LinkedIn profile and refresh your resume to ensure the messages you are sending out to employers are consistent with the skills and experiences you want to highlight. Schedule a virtual drop in with a Hiatt Advisor to review your application materials, LinkedIn profile or employer outreach messages.    

Network, network, network!

Yes, we know you’ve heard it before but trust us, it really is that important.  December grads can use networking as an opportunity to obtain information about industries, companies and positions, even if the employer is not hiring at the moment. Plus, with an estimated 70-80% of jobs being obtained through networking; including it in your strategy gives you the best chance of success. 

In addition to LinkedIn, career events and professional associations, be sure to also leverage your Brandeis alumni networking options and stay in touch with Brandeis faculty.  

Lastly, find out where other Brandeisians from past class years live, work and study by using Beyond Brandeis. This may open up more opportunities and insights about what you can do with your major that you have not considered previously. 

Keep Going

Don’t assume that the job market is frozen just because it’s the holidays or that we are still living in a world consumed by a pandemic. Even with hiring ebbs and flows, there will still be opportunities available. December graduates should stay focused and proactive while conducting their search and might even consider virtual volunteer opportunities and micro-internships to keep skills sharp. Be sure to fill any knowledge gaps you identify along the way by taking advantage of the hundreds of free online courses available for Brandesians. 


Find your ‘career’ board of directors

In addition to networking, it’s great to establish a group of people that can help you get to where you want to go. Find those in the industry that can give you insights, advice and keep you in the loop about opportunities. 

Hiatt is also a large component on your board - as we offer FREE career services for life for undergraduate alumni. Make an appointment with a counselor for individual strategy sessions no matter where you are in the life after ‘Deis process.