Smart Job Seeking Tips For Today’s Grads

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The percentage of college graduates leaving school with both degree and job offer in hand is low, as the job market continues to show signs of stress. In April 2010, unemployment rose to 9.9 percent even though several hundred thousand jobs were created for the month. Through the summer and possibly into early 2011, the job market will be tight for grad and veteran employees alike.

campus interviewBut as companies rebuild, they’ll be scouting for top notch talent and will include recent grads in the mix of people they’ll want to have on hand. Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com offers, “College graduates have a big advantage over other job seekers given their low starting salaries and great potential to grow with the company. It’s been several years since we’ve seen companies so interested in talking with new grads.”

To that end, Lee offers 12 tips for successful job hunting for today’s college graduates:

1. Check out your college or university Career Services office. Their advice is free and targeted to your market.

2. Join alma mater alumni groups. Networking is still the best way to find a new job.

3. Research job boards that include lots of entry-level jobs.

4. Watch what you post online. Recruiters will search social media to investigate your background.

5. Expand your search radius to include companies where you would like to live and work.

6. Boost your skill set by taking extra courses. Learning should be a life-long goal.

7. Don’t underestimate the value of a good cover letter and resume.

8. Create a ‘personal branding statement’ to stand out from other inexperienced college grads.

9. Prepare and rehearse before each interview. Don’t assume you can “wing it” just because you’re smart.

10. Dress for success. Looking good never hurts.

11. Be personable and nice to everyone you meet during your interview.

12.Follow up with thank you notes to everyone you met.

Lee warns job seeking grads to not grow discouraged, but to look at their job hunting as a job in and of itself, possibly one of the hardest jobs they’ll ever have.

Adv. — Are you considering grad school? OfftoCollege.com has the tools and resources you need to help you with your decision.

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