5 Ways to Start Entry-Level Jobs for Graduates

Are you a soon to be high school graduate looking for summer employment? Lucky for you, there are plenty of entry-level temporary to long-term opportunities out there. You just need the right resources to guide you in the right direction. From perfecting your resume, utilizing your resources, and networking with employers- we’ve got you covered. Knowing how to present yourself professionally is key! By the end, making the transition from student to professional will be easier than ever.

Here are 5 easy ways to kickstart your summer job:

1. Write a Professional Resume

Writing a clean and concise resume is an essential part of the job search process, as it provides employers with a snapshot of your professional qualifications and experience. A well-crafted resume can help you stand out from the competition, showcase your skills and experiences, and make a positive first impression on potential employers. This is key for employers to quickly scan your resume to determine if you are a good fit for their job opening.

There are 6 sections: Header, Overview, Experience, Education, Skills, and Awards.

Some general rules are:

  • Avoid using overly complex language in your resume writing; keep it simple yet professional with no typos, poor grammar, or spelling mistakes present.
  • Highlight any unique experiences you’ve had like internships or volunteer work that demonstrate specific transferable skills, especially if they relate directly to the position you are applying for.
  • Utilize strong action words throughout your resume that describe how you achieved results , such as “managed”, “created” or “led”.
  • Include technical and soft skills
  • Highlight any extracurriculars like team sports or clubs
  • List any awards or certifications you’ve achieved
  • Avoid personal photos and colorful themes

For an in-depth review of what information should be in each section, check out resume tips by Indeed.

2. Find Local Employers at School Career Centers

A great resource for finding job opportunities in your local area is your school’s career center. They often have developed relationships with local employers and resources for beginning job seekers. Career centers offer a wide range of resources, including job listings tailored to your specific field of interest, job fairs, and workshops to help you succeed in your field.

School job fairs are a great place for soon to be graduates to network and get exposure to a variety of industries. It’s an opportunity to meet with potential employers in person, learn more about their company, and even make connections that could lead to future internships or jobs. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, getting career advice from industry professionals is a major bonus. So for those looking for entry-level positions after graduation, connecting with your school’s business or career center is a good start.

3. Search for Openings on Social Media

You can also use Facebook groups and other social media platforms like Handshake or Indeed to discover entry-level job opportunities. Many local businesses frequently post their open positions that require little or no prior experience. With the right search terms and filters, you can easily discover a wealth of openings and connect with hiring managers in your desired field. Start by searching for groups that are specific to your local area or city. Next, make sure the group has been active recently. Finally, search for terms such as ‘temporary jobs’, ‘entry-level’, or ‘high school diploma’ to find job postings tailored to your criteria. By using all the resources available to you, you can increase your exposure and find the best fit for your skills and interests.

4. Attend Workshops and Events

Finding career workshops near you can be a great way to get your foot in the door of various entry-level positions. Whether you’re just graduating high school or looking for temporary work, attending these events can provide invaluable resources and contacts that could help launch your career. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities available to find such events in your area.

Start by searching online for hiring events and workshops near you. Employers will post information about events they are hosting, and these can often be a great place to start looking for entry-level positions. Additionally, many community organizations host career days which provide valuable networking opportunities. For example the MN Employment and Economic Development Department (MN DEED) Career Force network  offers many opportunities for job seekers including interview tips, hiring events, and Q &A career advice sessions.

When attending be sure to bring copies of your resume and dress professionally. This is also your opportunity to ask questions and show off your enthusiasm for the job market. You’ll want to take advantage of this chance to make valuable contacts with recruiters and career experts who could be a key part of your job search.

5. Connect with Staffing Agencies

Staffing agencies are a great way to start building job experience after graduating high school. Not only can they connect you to great positions at local businesses, but recruiters can also coach you on resume and interview prep. Time is of the essence here, so make sure to stay on top of things!

Many of their positions are temporary or contract based which is great for summer jobs as they offer a unique opportunity to gain skills and industry experience in a short amount of time. In some cases, if you wish to continue, they may hire you on after.

Remember to be patient. Finding your first job might take some time, but don’t get discouraged. Keep applying, keep networking, and keep building your skills. Your hard work will pay off in the end. Keep a positive attitude, stay focused on your goals, and enjoy the journey!

At Award Staffing we specialize in light industrial and skilled positions, as well as administrative. This is a great opportunity for seniors because with summer around the corner, you’ll want to get your job lined up. Whether you’re looking for something temporary or more permanent, we’ll help you find the perfect job that fits your goals and interests. Our recruiters are happy to discuss further details with you. Contact us or check out our job opportunities for openings in your area.