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“Survival of the fittest” is the law in today’s job market, where jobs are scarce and competition is tough. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides forecasts of the job market as well as information on specific job functions. Despite the amazing number of online job search resources available, college graduates still have trouble finding work.
This is why the best advice for soon-to-be graduates is to be prepared for the challenges of job hunting. Start doing your planning early!
Internships or Early Birds Do Get Worms
Perhaps to your surprise, you can enter your occupation even before you’re handed your anticipated diploma. You have probably heard of internships, those “wonderful” opportunities to work for free. Apart from the major disadvantage of not receiving a salary, internships can be the first and extremely important step on your career ladder. Sure, you could work as a waiter (waitress)/any other job title that does not require professional skills and earn some money. However, try thinking like a chess player; at least 2-3 moves ahead. An internship can not only offer professional experience but also distinguish you from your peers. Furthermore, during your internship, you should build invaluable contacts with people who can provide professional references or even a job.
Create and Promote
If for whatever reason, the company where you interned does not offer you full-time employment or asks you back for another internship, you should start looking for a job.Be sure to join LinkedIn.com if you have not done so yet and update your profile whenever you gain new skills or recommendations.Click To Tweet
After the stage of “just-looking”, where you’ve spent time reviewing job search websites (CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, LinkedIn, Craigslist.com, indeed.com, zip.com, and others), you should proceed to the stage of “active searching”. Create a winning resume, to ensure that potential employers will recognize your brilliance as a candidate.
You can find valuable recommendations for effective resume writing at the above-discussed job search websites or other resources (Resume Review resources). Moreover, CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com offer professional services for resume writing. Whether you use them or not, make certain that
To Pay or Not to Pay
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You Are Not Alone
Whereas the era of online job hunting offers a wide range of benefits, you should boost your online profile. Be sure to join LinkedIn.com if you have not done so yet and update your profile whenever you gain new skills or recommendations. Remember that you are not alone and make the most of your online and real-life contacts:
- Contact career counseling services in your State and City, staffed by professionals at your college.
- Ask your relatives, friends, and friends of friends to help you. Never be shy about letting everyone know that you’re searching for an entry-level job.
- Use Facebook and Twitter to involve your online acquaintances. Make certain that your status updates are not too annoying.
These simple hints will definitely save your time in preparing a happy hunting ground for entry-level jobs. Good luck with your search!
From building your college experience to the job search to landing a job, Career Coach Kristin Shopp helps the college student navigate the job search process and set themselves up for professional success. To the point yet filled with helpful tips and up to date knowledge of the college job market, this book is sure to give the job seeker a competitive edge.