Your youngest members - especially recent graduates - probably have one thing predominantly on their mind:
Find. A. Job!
Job hunting can almost feel like a job itself. Researching different opportunities, reworking your resume to speak specifically to each, writing cover letter after cover letter, prepping for interviews...it takes a lot of time.
Consider providing these valuable services to help your young professional members on their hunt (and engage them along the way, too):
1. A regularly updated list of entry-level opportunities
Compile a list of entry-level opportunities in your industry or community - and make sure you keep it updated! There’s nothing worse than taking the time to apply for a position that’s already been filled. And, you want to make sure you add opportunities as soon as they become available. (Lean on your active established members for this, asking them to give you a heads up when a new job becomes available at their organization.)
2. Resume design, writing, and editing
Resume services are pretty standard but make it more valuable by going further than the basics. Knowing how to organize your experience, write each section effectively, and continue to edit as your experience changes are ALL things that a young professional needs to know. Consider hosting multiple resume writing sessions with topics that build on each other, or asking mentors to walk them through all of the important points from start to finish.
3. Cover letter strategy
Similarly, knowing how to write a cover letter that’ll make an impact is a must. Beyond the traditional stuff (introduction, highlighting experience, why you would be a good fit, etc.) a lot of strategy lies in how you make connections between your experience and what the job posting is looking for. Give your YPs a leg up with workshops on how to write a cover letter for a specific position - and even some one-on-one help if they have an opportunity they’re looking at.
4. Mock interviews
This is a big one. Many people think they can just wing it, but then they get halfway through the interview and realize they probably would’ve been better off thinking ahead. Plan some mock interview events where young professionals can test their interview chops, whether it’s for a certain job or just to get some practice.
5. A job hunt “support group.”
This could be a part of an existing young professionals group - but consider the impact of gathering your YP members to talk about their job search efforts. Having an outlet to share ideas and discuss frustrations could make the difference in their confidence, motivation, and overall success.
Engaging your young professional members with valuable, meaningful activities that’ll grow their careers is key to encouraging them to stick with your association for years to come. And as the new generation of members and leaders, that’s important to growing your membership! For more tips on engaging your YPs, download our free guide: