Now What? Finding a Job after Graduation

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If you recently took your stroll across stage and received your college diploma you’re no longer a student. Your four (or maybe it was five) years of dorm life and classes are finally over. It’s time to join all the responsible adults and take your first real steps into the working world. Congrats!

If you’ve already landed a decent position than you deserve another round of applause; Good for you! But if your still not sure what’s going to happen to you; if your still questioning the next step in your life here’s some advice from a recent grad who was in your shoes not that long ago.

Stay Motivated

With the current economy chances are many of you will have difficulty finding a position in your field. You’ll face a lot of rejections from potential employers that aren’t even offering a high salary or a great position, and you won’t even hear from many of the employers that you send your resume to.

The job search is disheartening to say the least, but you can’t let it get you down. Stays focused, and keep applying for every open position.  Eventually you will find something.

Use your Contacts

Remember all of those professors you spent hours getting to know? Now’s is the time to make use of your professional relationships. Since graduation 12 months ago, I know 8 people who have found jobs through someone they know. Nothing is more reliable to employers than a recommendation from a current or former employee (who left in good standing). So even if it’s a friend of a friend of a friend, if someone is in a position to recommend you for a job ask for their help.

Take what you Can Get

Now is not the time to be picky. If you can’t get your dream job take any job. Sitting at home with Mom and Dad will not look good on your resume. So take anything (even if it’s retail or waiting tables) and keep applying for your dream job. At least then you can show employers that you are a hard worker who keeps trying.

Be Ready to Relocate

The chances of finding a decent position in your small home town are probably slim, especially if it’s two hours from the closest urban area. You need to be ready to pack up your stuff and move to where the jobs are located.  That might mean a different city or it might mean a different state; just remember, that you can always move back.


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