College Grads: Update Your Information & Be Found Online

The post-grad period is one full of transitions. From moving out of a college apartment, to starting a new job, to realizing your life as a student is over, recent college graduates juggle numerous changes in their lives.

With this being said, it is important for the college graduate to make necessary changes to their resumes and online social media profiles as they make the transition into the real world.

It is critical to let people know about your next step in life. Even if you don’t have a job yet and are simply moving back home, it is still important to update your information to share that you have earned a degree and are job searching. Share your aspirations: explain what you want to do and why it is that you are so passionate about doing it.

Recent graduates should also join alumni groups of their alma mater and any other professional organizations that can help establish connections and boost their job search. These groups can help connect you with people in your desired industry. Even if there aren’t job openings currently available, building relationships with alumni and professionals can be beneficial in the long term.

Hopefully, while in college, you were able to hold part-time jobs and internships related to your future career aspirations. Now, in a time when networking is vital to the job search, nothing can be worse than losing track of the connections you made as an undergrad.

One of the easiest ways to lose a connection is to let your information online become outdated. Even if you don’t personally communicate with your extended network, you can stay connected through social media. For instance, if a mentor from your previous summer’s internship is connected to you via LinkedIn, he or she can see when you make changes to your experience. But this all boils down to the fact that you actually keep your LinkedIn and other sites updated. Getting followers for instagram is not only for fame or something. It can also be used to expand your professional network.

Another thing to look into is how long your university email address will be valid. Some universities remove student emails from their system a few months after graduation, while others give students more time. If you don’t already have an alternate email address, now is the time to sign up for one. Start using your new email address as your primary one. Make changes to your contact information on necessary documents and notify your contacts that you have a new email address.

Lastly, remember that potential employers could be looking for you online. If you are still listed as an undergraduate who works as a server at a restaurant, hiring managers might not see you as a potential employee because you didn’t take the time to update your information–just another reason to be cognizant of your online information and to keep it current.

How often do you find yourself updating your information online?

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