With the current unemployment rate finding a job can be hard for anyone, but for recent college graduates who do not have a lot of experience it can be even more difficult. To help out here are some job searching tips for recent college graduates.
One of the best ways to find a job is almost always through a friend, family member, or acquaintance. As graduation approaches start talking with everyone you know and see if they know of positions opening up in the field you are interested in. Linkedin.com also is a great way to network with people interested and involved in the field or industry you are looking to work in. It not only keeps you in touch with friends and past co-workers but allows experts in the industry to provide advice as well.
Most college and universities have a department setup for helping students with their job searches. Most commonly this is the placement office or career development department. In addition to keeping a list of local companies with entry level positions many placement offices host career fairs and will assist in getting an internship. All of these are great ways to find a job as a recent college graduate or even before graduation time. A job fair lets you talk with potential employers about what positions they have available and what they expect to have in coming months. If your schedule and budget allows try to get an internship the summer before your graduation. Many employers will hire previous interns after they graduate and even if they do not the experience looks great on a recent college graduate’s resume.
There are tons of online job listings through sites like Monster.com and Dice.com, but for recent college graduates searching for their first job these sites have a lot of listing that they do not qualify for. However, there are some great job listing sites that are geared specifically for recent college graduates. CollegeGrad.com has listings of just entry level positions as well as tips for college graduates who are job hunting. CollegeRecruiter.com has listings of not only entry level positions but also internships for recent graduates. If you’re not sure exactly what you want to do after graduating check out Cool Works. Their site specifically lists seasonal jobs and opportunities so you can try out a career field for a few months and see if it is what you want without a long term commitment. Craigslist.com is a great place to look for a job if you want to work in a specific area. Since all of the listings are broken down by city and region you can easily see the listing in that part of the country.