4 Job Finding Tips for New Grads

4 Job Finding Tips for New Grads
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    You have your degree in hand and have turned the tassel on your mortarboard signaling to everyone that you’re a new college graduate.

    However, there is one message you also want to send out and that one says, “I need a job!”


Like thousands of other graduates, you’ve finished school, but you don’t have a job. That’s understandable given that unemployment is about 9 percent and lots of people who are working still aren’t getting enough hours to work full-time. Panicking won’t help, rather taking some new steps while repeating other steps can increase the likelihood that you’ll be called in for an interview.

The following are some steps you can take to get a job:

1. Get LinkedIn — If you’re not already “linked in” on LinkedIn, you should be. This social networking site for business people is tops and can be the best way for you to connect with potential employers. A standard account is free, but if you need more connections, consider upgrading to maximize your exposure. Fill out your profile completely too.

2. Cold Call — Many businesses have erected barriers to keep people out as a way of preserving security. You may not be able to gain access to a building if you can’t see a receptionist face to face. Where possible, stop by a potential employer’s place of business and drop off your resume. Attempt to speak to someone who works in human resources and jot down the name and address of a contact person to send your resume to directly with a dynamic cover letter advises Dr. Randall S. Hansen of Quintessential Careers.1

3. Search Online — You can and should call companies directly to get in contact with the right people. However, just as you may experience with cold calling, you may find roadblocks in place in the form of uncooperative people. In this case, you’ll need to do some online sleuthing. Enter — site:company.com on your search bar and begin to dig deep, using keywords to uncover departments, managers and other key people. Lots of stuff can be found if you’re able to harvest that information from the company’s website.

4. Attend Events — Networking events present an opportunity for you to meet with people face to face, including some folks you’d find it difficult to meet otherwise. Consider attending your local Chamber of Commerce meeting, your small business association event or any other venue where people gather. Bring business cards and carry copies of your resume with you…just in case.


You may need to take a different to finding work then what other grads are taking to find work. This may mean accepting a contract position or working an internship for the summer with hopes of landing a permanent job in the fall. Stay flexible and consider taking any position offered that will help you get your foot in the door. Finally, make sure that your references know that you’re using them to vouch for you writes Scott Kirsner for “The Boston Globe.” 2


1 Quintessential Careers; Cold Calling: A Time-Tested Method of Job-Hunting; Dr. Randall S. Hansen

2 Boston Globe; You Have Your Foot in the Door. How to Keep it There; Scott Kirsner; January 10, 2010


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