Get Your College Grad Ready for Their First Job

Celebrate Their New Career with a Care Package!

It’s really bittersweet when children reach adulthood. Parents are happy their kids have grown up into successful people, but sad that their babies are no longer small and at home. Together, families celebrate big life stages: starting kindergarten, heading to high school, graduating, attending college, and earning degrees. But once that’s all over, there are a few adulthood celebrations to look forward to. The logical next one on the list is probably a college graduate starting their very first full-time job.

No matter what field your college student enters after graduation, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your new grad for their first job. Although we specialize in care packages for college students at My College Crate, we also know a thing or two about launching careers, being entrepreneurs, and working hard! That’s why we’ve compiled these tips to help your college grad get off on the right foot with their new employment opportunities.

Be Emotionally Supportive

Sometimes everyone needs a shoulder to cry on or an ear to rant to. Be that person for your job-seeking college graduate! They might not need or want advice. They might just want someone to talk to about the things they’re going through when searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs.

Don’t play devil’s advocate for the sake of it. If you believe your grad is doing something that will negatively impact their chances of being hired, then speak up. But don’t press alternative viewpoints when it isn’t necessary. The job hunt is stressful enough, and hearing the “devil’s advocate” side never feels supportive.

Take Them Shopping for the Perfect Interview Outfit

You’ve probably helped you now-adult child pick out clothes their whole lives, and looking for a smart suit or interview outfit should be no different. Even if you aren’t making — or even guiding — the purchase decision, making a fun day of shopping is a great way to get closer to your college grad. Plus, it’s always nice to have someone else’s opinion about how clothes fit. 

To simplify the process, start out by browsing store inventory online to get an idea of what you might find at the store, along with the price range your graduate can expect to pay for the business attire. If you start early — before graduation — you might be able to plan ahead to take advantage of upcoming sales. 

Volunteer to Review their Resume

Resume expectations have changed significantly in the past few decades. Employers expect job candidates to stand out and have perfect application materials. Even if you don’t know a lot about writing resumes, volunteering to read over your graduate’s can be helpful, especially if you’re looking for typos or spelling errors — pesky mistakes that can cost them an interview altogether, but are easy to miss when you’ve been working on the document for so many hours.

Reading your graduate’s resume is also a great way to get an understanding about the types of jobs they’re looking for, and is basically a pre-made list of all the things you can brag about, about your child! 

Celebrate Their Interviews and Job Offers with a College Care Package

If your college student is lucky enough to secure a job before they throw their graduation cap into the air, that’s worth acknowledging! Or, if your grad is going on numerous interviews and secured a job after graduation, that’s amazing, too! It’s exhausting to hunt for a job and especially stressful when it’s your first one after attending university.

My College Crate care packages and subscription boxes are thoughtful gifts that don’t require a lot of work from you. My College Crate assembles and ships the gift box, and all you have to do is place the online order. Whoever receives your care package will find something to love about it (and it’s usually all of it — just read our reviews)! 

My College Crate makes college care packages simple — and recent grads and job seekers will love them, too. What’s in the box? Microwaveable meals, snacks, and candy, to fuel the work day, office supplies, cleaning products, personal care items, and other fun surprises. Choose a monthly subscription and receive a huge discount on your first order. Place your order today, so your newly-minted adult gets their surprise on their first day of work.