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The Recent College Grad Guide to Job Hunting

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So you just graduated from college but are yet to experience the realities of the professional world. The idea of paying your student loans already causes enough dread. We’re here to help you ease the burden with these seven best job hunting tips that will get you hired.

1. Chill

Cool it. It’s easy to get anxious during the job hunt. You don’t know where you’re going to end up, whether you’ll actually get job, or if you get that salary you think you deserve. My advice is to write it all down. This will make your worries be more manageable because you’ll see it right there.

Once you know what you’re actually worried about, you can write down the action steps to take.  For example, you’re worried that you’ll get rejected (which is very normal, by the way). Come up with a plan of not lingering onto the rejection for too long and maybe employing resume writing tools to improve your chances. Coming in prepared will make job hunting more manageable and stress-free.

2. Secure Those Reference Letters

This can come from your professors, intern supervisors, and college associates. Basically, relevant individuals who can vouch for your skills and abilities. This is so important because it will tell a lot about how you are when you work. Not all references will sound great so you want to collect as many as you can and highlight the best ones.

3. Dare to Dream

Let’s face it. You’re not going to land your dream job on your first try. If you’re lucky, you will. But for 99% of us, it takes many years before we can get there. However, this doesn’t mean you should just settle. Even if you are a fresh graduate, you should still have some standards. Go ahead and write down the companies and positions you want to apply for. Is there an industry you’ve always wanted to work in? List it. No dream is too big.

4. Come Up With a Game Plan

Treat this job search like a real job. Set a time you want to dedicate to job hunting and make it a priority. Maybe you want to focus on submitting three really good applications per day? Or that you want to spend at least an hour a day researching a company before submitting your stuff?  How about limiting your social meetups to just weekends until you are employed? Those are actionable goals that you can write in your game plan.

5. Join Job Fares

Your college or town should have regular job fairs that you can attend. Keep posted for those events and show up prepared. Even if you don’t get accepted, it’s a great opportunity to network with people and learn what companies are looking for. Plus, isn’t it reassuring to see peers who are on the same boat as you are?

6. Don’t Say No to that Internship

It may not be a real job but it’s your entryway to a real one. This can be helpful especially when it’s in an industry you’re not familiar with but really want to be a part of. Also, if you didn’t have internship experience during college, this is your chance to do it. Companies will always prefer applicants who’ve had at least a year of experience.

7. Search Online

There are plenty of opportunities to work online today. In fact, most companies would prefer that you telecommute. So go ahead and do a job search on sites FlexJobs and Indeed. Many big name companies recruit employees this way. It might even mean you get to work for your dream company without having to be physically there.

Also, there are millions of gig opportunities on the internet right now. If you are skilled at one thing, you can certainly monetize that. Say, you can make a YouTube banner, do a voice over, or take really good photographs. You can sell that service and earn that money while having that unpaid internship.


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