Apr 02, 2014 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on 10 Job Hunting Tips for New Grads

10 Job Hunting Tips for New Grads

Getting out of school this spring and in the job market?  Here’s 10 tips on landing a new job:

  • Pixel perfect resume.  Make your English teacher proud.  Then have 5 people proofread it.
  • Articulate all relevant skills, it’s amazing how few college grads know Word or Outlook;  hiring managers aren’t keen on teaching the basics
  • Market all internships and relevant experiences, even if it’s working at the gas station—maybe that paid for 20% of the college costs
  • A job doesn’t fall from the sky, you have to dig deep.  Fortunately, indeed.com, simplyhired.com, help aggregate the jobs that are out there.  Apply to as many as you are qualified for.
  • Have an open mind.  Be open to jobs that you might feel are too ‘junior’ for you.  Chances are they will be a stretch and a challenge.
  • Small startups offer a lot of great experience;  big firms may offer a training program.  Either end of the spectrum could be interesting.
  • Consider an internship post-graduation if you didn’t get a chance to do that during school.
  • Leverage Mom and Dad’s network – but don’t have them do your bidding.  They should do an intro and you should take it from there.
  • No one wants to hire a slacker so suck it up and say ‘yes’ to that 8am interview.  You are not in school anymore with the luxury of selecting which classes fit into your lifestyle.
  • Attitude is *everything*.  Smart, upbeat, passionate people are who we all want to surround ourselves with.  Be that person.

 

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