Tuesday, April 30, 2013

3 Job Seeking Tips For College Grads

College graduation is one of those times where you will feel mixed emotions. On one hand, you are excited because your four (or more) years of hard work have finally led to this day. On the other hand, you will probably feel some anxiety because you are entering the "real world" and its somewhat troublesome job market.

It is very normal for college grads, or those close to graduation, to feel an overwhelming sense of fear when it comes time for them to start looking for work. There are a lot of decisions to be made in terms of career path, and the stories of the shaky job market remain fresh in their mind.

The bad news is there isn't anything you can do to completely take the frustration out of the job search. You are likely not going to get accepted to the first job you apply for, and chances are you will hit some other roadblocks on the way. Here's the good news: There are things you can do as a college graduate to make the process more bearable:

  • There's a good chance that you probably have a profile on Facebook and there's a slightly greater chance you have a presence on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well. You probably think you know everything there is to know about these social networking tools, but you might not know that employers -- fairly or unfairly -- will judge you based on the content you present. Take the time to clean up your profile to get rid of any embarrassing or inappropriate photos or posts.
  • Let's get one thing straight: Your education, no matter how prestige, will not be enough to land you a quality nonprofit job. Before your graduation, try to get an internship or a volunteer opportunity to enhance your experience and make your resume more attractive.
  • Here's a straightforward tip: Be honest. Employers have plenty of ways to determine whether you are telling them the truth, so think twice before you exaggerate any of your accomplishments.

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