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Job Search Advice for Recent College Graduates

May 14, 2008
Graduates fresh out of college have a problem, and the problem is that they are fresh out of college. Other than some little work experience and theoretical knowledge, few graduates have the needed experience to become practical successes immediately they step into their first jobs. Entry-level positions are available which provide on the job training but the number of positions available is small and bears no reflection to the huge amount of graduates that institutions of learning churn out on an annual basis.

Most graduates are ignorant of this fact primarily because they are fresh out of school and do not realize the difficulty of getting employed and the rigors of the job market. The bulk of these graduates are still suffering from the aftermath of sorority and fraternity parties and they don't really know getting jobs takes more than having educational qualifications. More importantly, it involves the personal readiness to work, showing employers you are ready and that you have the capacity to learn what you don't know quickly. These bits of advice will help:

Aggression is Required

The majority of college graduates don't act like they need a job; they wait on placement firms and prospects to send in their sparsely filled resumes. Most companies have a pile of such resumes sitting at the desk of a bored mid or low level employee with no interest in reading what you spent the last few years of your life doing in college, after all they are the ones doing you the favor by accepting your application in exchange for a job, job seekers are in no short supply.

A college graduate should be much more aggressive in searching for a job than someone who has years of experience and is switching employers. Such people have experience to trade and something to give to those that employ them and yet they seek out jobs actively, so why should college graduates with little or no experience have it easier? A college graduate has to be proactive and persistent and seek out the decision-makers in the establishment they wish to work in. Make calls, send e-mails and get directions. Sure, a number of rejections and slammed doors will come your way but sooner or later you will get the single positive answer that is all you need.

Do the Necessary Research

A prospective employee has to know more about the company they intend to work for in order to better structure their application and resume to meet the exact requirements and demands of such an organization. If you end up getting a job interview you'll also end up doing better by virtue of this knowledge. Don't think in terms of asking for a job alone, think in terms of asking for a job and telling prospective employers how you can offer your readiness to learn and work to match the precise needs of their organization.

Employing the Power of Networking

Established career seekers make use of networking in their arsenal of job seeking tools; recent college graduates looking for jobs can do the same as well. Better networking is possible by contacting people who are already established in the field you intend to find a career in. You can also network by finding other job seekers that are as serious as you are and who can share beneficial information with you which should help in career search goals.
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