Job Search Tips For College Grads

By: Tony Jacowski

How to Start

If you are looking for a job, then you must first analyze and understand your choices and what you want out of a position. Think about your strengths and don't forget to mention them in your resume or cover letter. Your resume gives a potential employer their first impression about you, so you should know exactly what employers are looking for and then tailor your qualifications to fit the bill.

In a competitive job market, like the one present today, you can't afford to wait around for calls from recruiters or HR Managers. You need to be persistent - call them and let them know that you are interested in the job, but don't make a pest of yourself, or come across as desperate.

The Cover Letter and Resume

Before applying for a job, you need to do research on the company. This will allow you to draft an appropriate resume and cover letter. If your resume shows that you are qualified for the job, then it will save the recruiter a lot of time - so don't neglect your cover letter or resume, which is what will ultimately get you that interview call.

Use Your Network

The most important tool in when you're looking for a job in a competitive market is networking - and good networking does not depend on age or experience.

-Ask help from community leaders, as they are the best people to give advice and guide you. They are always ready to help new grads, and perhaps they could give you reference letters.

-Try contacting your Chamber of Commerce for contacts in your industry. This may help to open up some doors.

-Make a list of some companies where you would like to work and get the names of the decision makers. Try calling them to get an appointment - and if you have done your research well, then you are sure to leave an impact on them.

If you are not willing to take a full time job, or are unable to find one immediately, then you can take an internship, part-time job or even volunteer. An internship is a good option for students, as they usually don't require a long-term commitment.

In short, your basic strategies should be:

-Always broaden your search perspective and focus on your strengths
-Apply through various recruiting agencies
-Use all your networking channels
-Try an internship in the summer to enhance your future job prospects

Finding a job just out of college can be difficult - but by using the tips above, you'll be sure to tip the scales in your favor.

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