After walking across the stage, shaking hands and grabbing your hard-earned diploma, sometimes pinpointing the next step after graduation can be tricky. Although it may be tempting to slip into lazy mode if you don’t have a full-time job or internship lined up immediately after graduating, filling your time with proactive tasks is the best thing you can do with your post-grad circumstances!
We’ve listed five important tasks that you should tackle immediately after graduation to ensure a more seamless transition into the workforce:
Update your LinkedIn profile
Tweaking your LinkedIn mission statement and career-related experience after exiting college is a major way to get noticed in the online job hunting pool. Earn a prestigious award at graduation or wrap up a huge senior capstone project? Add these grand-finale honors to your list of LinkedIn accolades, and begin following companies on the site that you would be interested in working with – you never know when a new job posting will be listed!
Start fresh with a new planner
It may sound very minor, but leaving all of your collegiate tasks behind and starting fresh with a new planner to keep track of your new priorities is essential to living in the here and now. We swear by Moleskine’s 18-month planners that are available in a wide array of fun colors.
If you haven’t established your personal brand just yet, now is the time. Whether you prefer a simple inital-based brand or something more elaborate, making sure that your brand aligns with your personality is paramount. After nailing down a brand, get it out – on everything! Business cards, your website, blog, Facebook page, Instagram account; if you can name it, you can brand it.
De-clutter social media
You know that Facebook friend who posts their online game scores constantly, or that friend of a friend that you follow on Twitter but don’t really know? Now is the time to clear out any white noise on your social media accounts and start over! Devote an afternoon to deleting unnecessary Facebook “friends,” unfollowing Twitter accounts that you are no longer interested in, and finally chucking those over-zealous Pinterest wedding board pinners. Psst – stay tuned for a more in-depth post on de-cluttering social media this week!
Minimize and simplify
Chances are, most recent college grads will either be moving back in with mom and dad temporarily or getting their first apartment. Either way, condensing your life to fit into a small living space can be a challenge. Give worn out or outdated clothes to Goodwill, fight your pack-rat tendencies and embrace your inner minimalist by getting down to the bare minimum of what you need to live and thrive!
Are you a recent college grad? Share your best tips for making the transition into the next chapter of your life as seamless and hassle-free as possible in a comment below!