Job Search Tips for Recent Graduates

The search for jobs can be quite the daunting task for new graduates. Today’s job market is perhaps the toughest that a college graduate has ever encountered. The openings are limited, and there are always well-qualified applicants to grab up the positions that are available. You can make your job search easier by beefing up your resourcefulness. If you’re determined to get a job that you will like, then nothing will stop you from getting what you want. Try these job search tips in order to make the most of your employment opportunities.

Polish Your Resume
The interview is where an applicant can really show their stuff. A good resume is what gets you the interview in the first place. As a general rule, you want to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes in your resume. An employer will take you much more seriously if your resume is neat and organized. Make sure to highlight the skills you have acquired through jobs and your college education. Convince the employer that you know exactly what it takes to fulfill the requirements of the position. Use examples from your education or previous work history to back up your points.

Consider Cover Letters
Do you write cover letters for your resumes and job applications? You should always write a cover letter unless you are asked not to do so. The cover letter gives you a chance to show off your business writing skills. You can tell an employer more about your personality beyond just work and school. What are your views on life? What is it that makes you a great person in addition to being a great worker? If you’re an excellent writer, don’t be afraid to show off your writing skills and rich vocabulary, just make sure not to go overboard.

Contact Alumni
Your school most likely has a group of graduates, or alumni. They stay in touch with each other and network in all areas of the professional world. You should be able to find and contact alumni from your school with little effort. Even if they don’t know where you can get a job, they may know someone who does. They can also offer you valuable tips about your profession as you try to begin your career. The alumni network is one of the best networks you can tap into. People who graduated from your school are very likely to do what they can to help you.
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The Myth of the Guaranteed Job

Editor’s note: This was written by Sam Peters, who also writes for a new blog, Sam recently published an article on about how job seekers can find jobs on Twitter.

These days graduates everywhere are discovering that there is no such thing as the guaranteed job. Getting a degree from a top-notch school, having a friend of the friend of the CEO, interning for a company for a year—these used to be tried and true methods for landing a solid job with upward mobility and benefits. Throw in a historic recession and the collapse of several economic engines and the picture isn’t quite the same. Unemployment rates are high, competition is fierce, and companies aren’t looking to hook people up because of ‘entitlements’ anymore. The people who may hire you are themselves worried about job security. They can’t take risks on presumptions of quality, such as paper degrees and a wife’s cousin’s friend.

That’s why people searching for jobs need to take extra measures now. Engage in some reputation repair so that your online presence won’t be tainted with comedy sketches you made in college. Learn new software skills, become proficient in social media, make yourself a jack-of-all-trades. If you can pitch yourself to multiple company niches, it’s far more likely someone will want to bring you on board. They’re thinking, “Well, even if he/she doesn’t work out in this department, we can move ‘em on over to another department, because there are skills here to be molded and utilized.”

The myth of the guaranteed job was at one time not a myth at all, but a reality. In the past, getting a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a good school did pretty much guarantee you a fairly legitimate job directly out of school. Your degree acted as a sort of resume, a calling card. These days, employers are looking for people with work experience, so even if you have a good degree, it’s better to have internship experience as well.

There was a time when a solid internship alone was enough to land a job. Now, unfortunately, more and more companies are unable to guarantee their interns future jobs with the company and, worse, many of them simply use the ‘intern’ handle as a way to get free labor. This isn’t an across-the-board trend, but it’s certainly something to consider when you decide investing time into an internship. At the very least, look closely at the company and dig a little bit into their history.

It’s not time to despair. Yes, it’s harder to get a job than it used to be, especially for college graduates and even people with Masters and PhDs. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Nor does it mean there aren’t things you can do to bolster your standing. Get proactive about your employment reputation and build a solid foundation.

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