Advice for recent grads trying to find that first job

09.23.2013


Advice for recent grads trying to find that first job
Advice for recent grads trying to find that first job

While the job market is recovering, many recent graduates know that it's still having its troubles. But, as long as they don't get discouraged, the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than it may seem. With some simple readjusting of their approach in trying to find a job, getting that first position will come in time.

The first key step for recent grads is to keep their eyes out for any position they have the qualifications and interest in, according to US News and World Report. Searching on social media, job boards and connecting with any potential leads they can find will give invaluable assistance, especially when considering that many jobs are never directly posted online. Knowing someone inside a company will pay off heavily, as they'll know about new opportunities before they're ever advertised. In some cases, the referral process will provide payment for the current employee as well - even more reason to follow up as much as possible.

For graduates who don't have a large amount of job experience, considering an employment agency may be a good tool. Not only will the professionals at the agency work hard to align their skills with a company needing them, but the work itself will pay off in one of two ways - it can either be used as work experience on a resume or, in some cases, turn into a job offer.

Scrub your online persona clean
One aspect of the job search that many graduates don't consider until it's too late is their online presence. Anything that's been posted to an open website - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and countless other media sites - is fair game to a recruiter looking that person up, according to College Recruiter. The wrong status or picture may have ruined a job opportunity without the candidate ever knowing. By taking care to protect your social media presence, as well as using one of many apps (even Google) to see your reputation and in some cases remove your information, this problem can be completely avoided.

Don't discount alumni networks and professors as resources, either. Fellow graduates from the same school, or professors who were impressed by work in undergraduate classes, will be happy to help out however they can. Both resources will have plenty of contacts they can use in the process, and getting in contact with either will likely provide a lead that could ultimately result in a job.

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