Thursday, May 5, 2011


Now that you are graduating, what next? Finding a job can be a daunting task. You have probably heard the phrase "finding a job is a full-time job itself". This is true in many cases. So how do you start?

  1. Develop a plan. Just applying at random and mass mailing resumes is inefficient and less productive. Try to narrow your focus to the type of employer you would like to work for and conduct some in-depth research. Apply to the comapanies that meet your benchmarks first.

  2. Create a high quality resume and cover letter. Do not try to create one generic resume to send to every employer. Review the position description carefully and use the key words the employer uses throughout your resume. Your resume/cover letter should show the employer that you have the skills/training that meets their needs.

  3. Be aggressive in your search. Employers won't call you! You need to use the intenet, network with friends and contacts, and make personal visits. Employers appreciate someone with initiative!
There are jobs out there, but you must seek them out and show the employer that you are the best candidate. Do not discount temporary agencies as a first step. While they may not be in your plan, they can provide you with experience while your search continues. Many times they can lead to a full-time position as well.

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