According to economists at the New York Federal Reserve, nearly 45% of recent college students are underemployed, working at jobs for which they are overqualified and which do not take advantage of their degrees. That statistic changes as time goes on until, by age 33, only one-third of college graduates are underemployed, a figure that has held steady throughout the decades.
If you are a college graduate who is underemployed and/or working outside your field of study, now is the time to hire a professional resume writer to put your career on the right path.
Regardless of where you have been working so far, you have developed transferrable skills, including reliability, teamwork, time management and possibly leadership, financial management and customer relation skills. Those transferrable skills need a prominent place on your resume.
If your current position lacks opportunities to shine, consider volunteering at a small nonprofit using your true expertise, whether as a board member, website developer, social media marketer, fundraiser, newsletter writer or in any other of the many positions nonprofits have trouble filling. Your achievements as a volunteer are attractive to employers on two levels: they show what you can do given the opportunity and they show your interest in community service.
Keep an open mind about your current job, also. More than one college student has found that the first job they landed after college became the start of a very rewarding career, although it was far outside their original field of interest. When it is time to advance, a professional resume writer can make sure your practical experience carries the weight it deserves, even if your degree is in a completely different area.
Being underemployed is not a reason to give up on a satisfying career. If you are having trouble writing a resume to get you where you want to be, contact Robin’s Resumes®.