With a new batch of college students preparing to complete their academic career, millions of young men and women will be trying to figure out how to find a job.  There are certain steps that new graduates and job seekers must take to stay ahead as they launch their search for employment.  Here are some great suggestions for those who are awaiting graduation:

Choose to apply for the right kind of jobs.

Do not waste your time applying for a job that is not a good match for your skills or aspirations.  Instead, make the choice to use your time and energy personalizing and honing your curriculum vitae (CV) for jobs that you do stand a chance of landing.

Create consistent profiles on social media platforms, for use in social opt-in applications.

When you are searching for a job, it is important to have an online presence where you can spotlight your skills and experience.  Your social media profiles will help you connect with people who can expedite your job search and assist you with moving up the career ladder.  Below are some sites where you should manage and maintain an online profile.  Be sure to actively manage your profiles, employers like to see current information.

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +

Resist the desire to take the summer off from job searching.

Postponing the job search will put you behind graduates who have either a plan for employment or parents who are encouraging the job search.  Build yourself one to two hours each day, five days a week for activities tied to a job search.  Scheduled daily time will allow you plenty of time to pull yourself out of academic mode and you can even work a summer job.

Build a network of contacts.

It is true that most college graduates who find work after they have completed their academic career do so with networking.  Many of you will consider this to be LinkedIn but the better option is working with career services to build a list of local alumni who are in your city and share a similar major and industry sectors of interest.  Be sure to ask if there might be meet-ups in your area as well.

Do not panic!

The job search will take time, it is pretty common these days.  The important thing to remember is that you will NOT be unemployed forever or living in mom’s basement until you are 35.  You will find a job!

Following some of these tips and engaging in the job search will help you minimize the pressure you feel after you have completed your degree.  Treat the search proactively and set your trajectory high!

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