7 tips from On Your Side for new graduates in a tough job market


NEW YORK (WABC) – Congratulations! You have just graduated from university. Now the hard part is finding that entry-level job.

So how do you get your name to the top of an ever-growing list of candidates?

7 Nina Pineda of On Your Side has advice for new graduates or anyone looking for a competitive edge in a job interview.

Hiring for undergraduate university positions has fallen 45% (according to the Wall Street Journal) since the start of the pandemic, making it the worst job market for graduates in decades.

It is therefore essential to stand out in order to land that first job.

The first thing to do is to clean up your social networks.

“It’s really important to make yourself presentable on the internet, they’re looking at your Facebook, your Instagram, your Twitter feed,” said Farnoosh Torabi, a financial expert.

Torabi says to anticipate any bad behavior on social media by removing it.

But, since it’s never really possible to clean up your internet profile, prepare a story to share your journey and how you have changed or grown from your past mistakes.

Then when you score a Zoom interview, dress like it’s in person.

Turn on your camera and watch the view. The room should be clean, clutter-free and quiet.

Avoid fancy frames or virtual backgrounds, which can make it look like you’re hiding something.

But take advantage of the screen to show your resume or any other skill like graphic or web design to your interviewer.

Other dos and don’ts include:

Research the company, the CEO, and check the interviewer to see what they are posting or tweeting to find something in common.

Don’t argue about salary. The initial interview is a way for the company to get to know you and for you to present what you bring to the table. Keep the salary talk if, hopefully, you move on to the next round and get that offer.

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