Last year, a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers planned to hire 32% more new college graduates from the class of 2022 than they hired from 2021’s graduating class.
The news is positive again in 2023: a study from the Economic Policy Institute found that the class of 2023 is graduating into an even stronger labor market, benefiting younger workers because of lower unemployment and underemployment rates.
That’s good to hear, but for those who have just completed their studies, navigating the job market can still be challenging.
With so many jobs advertised, it can be overwhelming to figure out which roles you should apply for and what you need to do with your resume and cover letter to achieve success.
So what can you do to speed up the process and make sure you land a great role? Here are three simple––yet effective––strategies to try.
Know what you want to do
There are a large number of career paths you can explore with an MBA. What appeals? Do you want to go down the path of accountancy, or does being HR manager sound good to you?
Graduating from an MBA means you can move into tech, become a financial analyst, management analyst, or project manager.
With this powerful qualification under your belt, the world is your oyster, so figure out the direction you’d like to take and go from there.
Know who you want to work for
Once you’ve decided your focus, the next step is to identify what company you’d ideally like to work for.
Select 10 or 20 companies in the right industries and research them. Look for relevant job openings, and read up on their products, services, and recent news.
Plus, make sure your skills and experience are right for the jobs you’d like to do and only apply if you think you match what they are looking for.
Set up your resume, cover letter and socials
It’s tempting to create one resume and cover letter and send those out to every job you apply for.
But best practice is to create tailored materials for each job and include anything specific that relates to the job itself. Adding relevant keywords from the job description is a great place to start.
Additionally, clean up any social media accounts you have and make sure your professional profile is up to date.
Looking for a job now? The BusinessBecause Job Board is full of exciting roles from leading companies who are all committed to nurturing talent. See three below.
MBA Intern, Oak Street Health, Chicago
As an MBA Intern, you will leverage data and forecasting capabilities to improve business performance, identify and assess opportunities for additional investment, and provide analytical and operational guidance for new pilot programs throughout the organization.
You will have strong relationship skills, be self-directed, and enjoy working with a team in a fast-paced startup environment, while bringing experience, leadership, and innovative ideas. You should be currently enrolled in an MBA program from a top tier institution, and have outstanding communication skills. Find out more now.
Product Manager: MBA Internship Opportunities, Microsoft, Redmond
A Product Manager Intern at Microsoft defines and executes product strategy and roadmap, builds products, and connects with consumers. This opportunity will allow you to experience a full product life cycle, develop deep business acumen, and hone your decision making skills.
You will work on real-world projects in collaboration with teams across the world, while having fun along the way. You’ll be empowered to build community, explore your passions and achieve your goals. This is your chance to bring your solutions and ideas to life while working on cutting-edge technology. Sound good? Apply here.
Finance & Accounting Intern, PayPal, New York
Finance and Accounting professionals at PayPal manage the planning, reporting, and operations of financials. As Finance & Accounting Intern you will work closely with both engineering and business functions to plan and report on financials, transaction loss, and operating expenses.
Partnering with financial analysts responsible for risk management, you’ll develop an understanding of the monthly financial process, operating rhythm, and business insights. You should be a self-starter with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense for strong business decisions. Find out all about the job here.
This article was written by Kirstie McDermott