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How to find a job after college

Okay, so you graduated college. Now comes the job search. Let's begin with a few things you should not do.

What Not To Do In A Job Search

Do not sign up for any service that will submit you resume by fax to various employers. This is fax spam. Your good looking resume will go right into the trash. And your money with it.

Don't do the same thing yourself, either by fax, email, or snail mail. Sending unsolicited resumes to companies with a crap shoot approach will get you the same results as our first tip. Waste if time. You are a college graduate now. Think professional.

Job fairs are a complete waste of time. You will be stranded in dozen deep lines filled with eager people looking for jobs. And chances are, companies have maybe no or at best one position to fill. You will be tempted to do the job far, but trust us. Companies do not snatch people up at these job fairs. Their hiring process for real people is not a cattle call. Their are other similar job fairs that just one company does. They send out a flier or ad saying they are hiring and to show up on such and such a date. These are just slightly better than a real job. Slightly. They may actually try an hire someone, but in a bad economy, you will be the 1,000th person in line. Think before you waste a day of job searching doing that.

The right degree is key. Forget getting a certificate in anything. These are for people who have careers and want to move up. You should not start doing research on jobs after graduating!

Don't pay anyone to find you a job. Most of these services ask you for money upfront, then instead of actually looking for a job for you, they want to give you classes in job searching. Yeah right. Don't get ripped of in your job searching. Job searching should be a no cost endeavor.

What a College Graduate Should Do To Find A Job

Grab the phone book or online local guide. Contact all businesses personally and inquire if they are hiring and how you go about applying. This sounds simple. It is.

Look in the newspaper for job openings. Do online searches as well. But look for fresh postings. Make sure they are real offers. If they list a website and that website gives an address and explains the company, it's probably legit. Forget the ads that sound bogus. Something like "50 people who want to make a million."

No shame in asking your friends and relatives. That's what they are for. Doing job searches with them may not sound too cool, but sometimes it is indeed who you know. Find out where they work, if the company is hiring, and if they can help you get a job.

Realize that job searching takes a lot of time and effort. You need to be prepared to devote a few hours each day to be successful. And don't expect a job right away.

Make sure that you are tracking you job searches. Keep a log of who, what, when, where, and why you applied somewhere. Do follow up calls if it seems appropriate. In fact, If you have not heard in 48 hours after applying, you should contact them.

Socialize with people in your field of choice. You need to network to find people who have careers that you want. Get some tips. You may even get notice of job openings in their company.

Think before accepting a job. You probably will not be asked to make an immediate decision. Sleep on it if it is not exactly what you want. However, if it s close, we strongly urge you to consider it. A career starts with that first job.

Always have resumes and letters of recommendations handy. Make copies. You do not need originals most of the time. When someone writes a letter, save a copy. Before graduating, you should have gotten many letters from your professors. If not, you can email them now!

Job hunting after college can be challenging. But the more you are prepared to search and do it right, the better your chances of finding a job.

Always have resumes and letters of recommendations handy. Make copies. You do not need originals most of the time. When someone writes a letter, save a copy. Before graduating, you should have gotten many letters from your professors. If not, you can email them now!

Job hunting after college can be challenging. But the more you are prepared to search and do it right, the better your chances of finding a job.


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