Thursday, December 18, 2008

5 Quick Tips for Recent Graduates

The job outlook for recent grads is constantly evolving. The fluctuation is frequently industry-based and can vary from position-to-position and state-to-state. However, there are some items you should always keep in mind regardless of your industry, position, or location. Below are some quick tips that could help you land that big job - whether you’re a new graduate, or attending your 30th reunion:

1. Do your homework.
Company research is a critical part of any job search and fortunately there are tons of places to start. You can start by checking out company websites and looking for business information websites that have company and industry profiles. For additional information, talk to friends and colleagues that may have information about a particular company or industry.

2. Surf the Web.
There are loads of job search websites out there. In addition to the big-name job posting sites, don’t forget to seek out online industry forums as well as the “employment” or “career” section of the websites for companies you’re most interested in. And don’t be afraid to post questions about different companies on job forums or other online question/answer interfaces.

3. Enlist the help of others.
This is an important step–fortunately there are lots of ways to do it: meet with your school’s career services expert, let your Uncle Louie know that you’re looking for a job, and network with other professionals in your industry. Don’t be afraid to also take your networking online. There are lots of business-networking sites out there–take some time to review the ones that will present you with the best opportunities for visibility and networking.

4. Reexamine your resume.
Proofread, proofread, proofread. And then, when you’re finished hand it over to a trusted friend or colleague for additional input. Long-standing advice suggests that you keep your resume to one page, or two–at the most. If you feel your age may negatively impact your chances of getting a job then leave off your year of graduation or other such information that may indicate your age.

5. Attend a career fair.
Don’t forget to check out local job & career fairs. Even if it doesn’t yield the job of your dreams, it could provide you with valuable networking opportunities and insight into companies that you might not have otherwise considered. Pick up as many business cards as possible–you never know when they may come in handy.

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Laura Watkins is a contributing business writer for Goliath. Goliath is one of the Internet’s largest collections of business research, news and information. Learn more about Goliath .

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