The College Grad Job Search

The college grad job search really isn't much different from any other job search with two beneficial exceptions. The first thing that works in your favor is that you are starting with a fresh slate. You are relatively new to the job search scene and can begin looking for a job without worrying about your past job experience.

Another area where you are ahead of many other job candidates is that you have your college placement office as a resource. It's a great resource, too.

Many times, you can get one-on-one help with your resume. Use this resource and let them assist you in creating a professional resume. If you already have a resume created, ask them to critique it for you.

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Another benefit of the career placement office is that they often provide on-campus job fairs. If you have an opportunity to interview with a prospective employer, even before you graduate from college, take it. It never hurts to get your face in front of hiring managers. It also helps you develop important interviewing skills.

NOTE: One thing you will want to remember is to dress more professionally (even for informal or informational interviews) than you would if you were just attending classes. You must make a good impression. This cannot be over-emphasized. Many college students and recent college graduates on a job hunt don't take the job search seriously enough.

Clarify Your Career Goals

The college grad job search really starts with you clarifying your career goals. Know what you want before you set up any interviews. You can't expect to be a successful interviewee if you don't have any idea what you want to do. Along the same lines, when you have clarified your goals, be sure your resume reflects those goals. Your job objective should support your intended career path.

Once you know what you want to do, you can proceed in either of two ways. You can either research the companies that most align with your career goals and target them for their current open positions (or you can work to open the door for an opportunity that isn't posted or doesn't yet exist) – OR – you can search for jobs that most closely match your intended career path and pursue them. Both options have their upsides and downsides.

Regardless of how you go about getting an interview, when the time comes to make that great impression, you have to be fully prepared.

Know what the company does/makes, who their competitors are, how they are positioned to face the future and how you will fit in with their environment. You will also need to know yourself inside and out – something that many interviewees think they do when in fact they really don't. Ask yourself why you are pursuing the position, the company, the career path and the education you have chosen to pursue. Be prepared to answer the major questions that most interviewers are going to ask you. It is impossible to over-prepare.

Any college grad job search can be successful if time and effort is put into it up front. Make good choices and reap the rewards.

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