Most of us know someone who has just graduated college and are “in the job market”. Besides having little or no clue as to how to look for a job, the overall incentive level to get a job seems to be very low these days. Not to dwell on the negative, but the overall unemployment rate for college grads is very high. Okay, time to get focused. Once you’ve graduated (ideally before you graduate) you need to spend at least as much time looking for a job as you can. If you focus your search and put in the right amount of time, you will get a good entry level job.
Where to Start: Okay, you have your degree but have no clue what you want to do or how to get started.
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- Take a look at 10 Great Job Search Resources for College Grads, a CareerAlley resource, there are some great links to get you started.
- 33 Gorgeous Job Search Infographs and Infographics – This link is from JobMob and gives a bunch (33 to be exact) ideas on where to look and what to do. From “The Highest Paying Work from Home Jobs” (how I wish) to “The Most Dangerous Jobs in America” (who knows, maybe you like adventure), the links in this article are diverse enough to give you some information and (hopefully) get you focused in a direction.
- After Graduation, What’s Next? – Sound familiar? This article, from Monster.com, one of the original Job Search Boards, asks the right questions (Do You Know What You Want? – plus many more) and then provides some advice and a number of links to get you started. There are a few related links and article links at the bottom of the page. Lots of advice links on the top right hand side of the page.
- Job Search Marketing Toolkit – If you don’t have your Job Search Marketing Toolkit yet, now is the time to start. This is one of the CareerAlley resources, with links to Building Your Resume, Cover Letters, References, Thank You Letters, Interviews, Your Elevator Speech and Networking. You will need all of the tools at some point in your search (and when you are interviewing). Take a look and get to work!
Other College Grad Resources: A few more resources to get you headed in the right direction.
- CollegeRecruiter.com – One of my favorite sites for College Grads on the Job Hunt, there are tons of resources for you on this site. Starting with the job search box at the top of the page, use the simple search (what and where) or click the advanced link. Two links you should look at are at the very top of the page (Job Seekers / Candidates and Advice & Resources). There are resume builders, “Best Places to Work” as well as featured employers.
- The Hunt Begins – getting started on the pre-graduation job search – You are not alone! Great post on “My (anything under the sun) Blog”. Some great personal insights into what most college grads go through. Take a read (it is quick and useful).
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Good luck in your search,