6 Job Hunting Tips for Recent College Grads

So you’re back from spring break and getting ready for graduation, now what?

If you’re anything like most graduates this year, you’re nervous about the unemployment rate. Don’t fret, despite headlines of grim unemployment rates, there are jobs out there for recent grads! The competition is fierce and you’re not just competition with other college grads, you will be competing with so many who have recently lost their jobs and are willing to take more junior positions.It important to be prepared for this year’s challenging job hunt, but it’s very doable.

Here are 6 tips to get you ahead of the game

1) Write a powerful resume and cover letter

First things first, your resume has to be absolutely dazzling – remember that it’s a marketing tool. A resume is crucial for everyone, but especially the new grad. Most of you won’t have as much experience as someone who has been in the workforce for 10 years, so you will have to ensure that your resume gets an employer’s attention.

Whatever you do, don’t use a resume template because you and 100,000 other new grads will have the exact same template. Ensure that the following questions are answered:

  • What can you do for the employers?
  • How will you benefit their company?
  • How will you be able to impact their bottom line?
  • What makes you stand out from the competition?

2) Don’t overlook you existing experience

Many new grads feel discouraged when it comes to years of experience. Just because it wasn’t paid doesn’t mean it isn’t considered experience. As long as your experience is relevant to the job, include it. The following is considered experience:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Research projects and papers
  • Summer jobs
  • Extracurricular or leadership positions
  • Campus jobs and activity positions

3) Look beyond the job boards

Don’t just sit there and apply to every single job that you see posted. Instead, take the opportunity to talk to everyone you meet and promote yourself. This is the time to practice your small talk skills. Use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to your advantage.

4) Prepare, prepare, prepare

Go to interviews prepared making sure that you’ve taken the time to know the job posting inside out as well as combing through the company’s website, recent press releases and product positioning. Make sure you’re ready to sell your skills highlighting you can contribute to their company. Be ready with a few good questions.

5) Clean up your Facebook page, voice mail and email address

What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas. Hiring managers, recruiters and just about anyone can find you online these days. Make sure that you’ve cleaned up pictures you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.

Your voicemail greeting should not have “I’ll hit you up” anywhere in it. Make sure it’s professional and state your name so that anyone who calls you knows they’ve dialed the right number.

Finally, create an email address that is either designated for your job search activities or at the very least, make sure that it is professional. You want to stay away from addresses like hot_chick85@…

6) Follow up

Make sure you send a thank you note or email to everyone you’ve met. First of all, they will be impressed with your professionalism, as many people forget this step. Secondly, you will keep your name circulating.

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