Job Search Advice for the College Grad

  1. Take advantage of your college’s career center while enrolled.  They can help counsel you on choosing a career, job searching tips, matching with recruiters in your field, and more.
  2. Consult with advisors and professors within the college or school of your major.  Many of them come from working in the field and can provide advice on the types of jobs you should search and apply to as well as ways to help get your foot in the door.
  3. Tap into your alumni network.  Many colleges have specific networks set up to help current students connect with alumni already working in the field students are interested in, and they can be an invaluable tool for landing your first job.
  4. Don’t discredit internship opportunities.  If you are looking for your first job out of college, you may still be able to take advantage of post-grad internship opportunities, some of which are paid, to help launch you career into the field of your choice.  Many companies also hire interns as full time employees after a successful time in the internship role.
  5. Consider your non-traditional work experience. Many positions, even at the entry-level, give preference to candidates with experience.  Though you may be completely new to the job market, that doesn’t mean you haven’t gained applicable experience you could apply to a role.  Consider how your participation in volunteer work, extracurricular activities such as sports or clubs, hobbies, or class projects have prepared you with experience for the job opportunities you’re applying to.

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