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5 Job Leads for College Grads

Okay, so you graduated in May and still don’t have a job. Just your luck to graduate in the worst economy since the Great Depression. But, believe it or not, there are jobs out there and one of them has your name on it. “Ha” you say? I kid you not. You just need to focus your approach in the right place, redouble your efforts and you will be on your way. The job search process has changed dramatically over the last 5 years and technology drives the process. No one is better equipped to leverage the Web in the most efficient way then today’s college grads.

  • SimplyHired Entry Level Jobs – If you are looking for a job and you’ve not used then you’ve missed one of the best search sites on the Web. Using a simple search for Entry Level jobs (this is the search that is attached to the link at the start of this paragraph) returned over 880 jobs when I checked the site.  Similarly, if you change the search to  College Graduate, over 425 job opportunities were returned. The page also has a number of options to allow you to quickly narrow the results (unless you really do want to work in Chestnut Hill, MA). First, on the top left hand side, a list of job titles will be displayed (directly above this is a “Save this Search” link). You can click on any of these to narrow the search. Below this you can further narrow the search by Company, Job Type, Source and so many more. Create your specific search, save it and check it every day.
  • Monster Jobs Entry Level – While I can’t show every search engine in this post, I thought (just to be fair) I would include which is one of the early pioneers of online job search engines. Monster has had to play catch-up as newer entrants to this niche have added innovative functionality. To Monster’s credit, they have done a good job at keeping pace. Running the same Entry Level search (the link at the start of this paragraph) returned over 5,000 jobs nationwide. Similar to SimplyHired, you can save this search and narrow the search by using the filters on the right hand side of the page. Using College Graduate as the criteria returned over 2,100 job opportunities. Another important point is that you can narrow the posting date (today, yesterday, last 3 days, etc.) so that you won’t be looking at the same jobs if you check everyday. Using the “last 3 days” posted criteria removed about 80% of the posted jobs.


So where else can (should) you be looking for a job? Company career sites are a great source for entry level / new graduate jobs. While I can’t list all of them here, I’ve selected a few below using the Fortune 500 list. Your job (if you don’t already have one), is to look at companies that interest you and see if they have recent graduates pages (or entry level jobs) using the same process used below.

  • Wal-mart College & Recent Grads – Everyone knows Wal-mart and they do have a section of their Careers site for College and Recent Grads. The center of this page explains their approach to recent grads. On the left hand side of the page is a list (by category) of the entire Careers site. Towards the bottom is a section for College & Recent Grads including Recent Grads, MBA & Graduate Students and more. Click on Recent Grads to see the dedicated page. The center of this page has the links that will interest you in your search, although you do need to decide Wal-mart Corporate, Wal-mart Stores and Sam’s Club (or apply to all).
  • Chevron Students and Recent Graduates – Chevron is Oil and Gas production and they also have a section of their Careers site dedicated to recent grads. The center of the page has links to information on company including career growth opportunities. Below this are sections for Students (recruiting events and internships) followed by a section on Recent Graduates. Click on the “Visit your Country” and then click on your country. The next page has a wealth of information and links to help you in your search.
  • Johnson & Johnson Students – Johnson & Johnson has a very diversified product portfolio ranging from products such as baby shampoo to drugs and medical devices. They have a brief overview followed by a drop down box for “select candidate type”. Select your type and region and you are on your way. Once you are in, click “go” and you are on your way.

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