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Finding a Job After College

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Finding a job after college can be both challenging and intimidating. Fortunately, however, finding a job after college can be easier than you might think, given the resources many college graduates (or soon-to-be college graduates) have at their disposal.
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Here's How:

  1. First and foremost: Check in with your college career center. Your campus career center is the best place to start your post-college job search. They can help you find postings, hone your interview skills, and come up with a rock-solid resume and cover letter.
  2. Check with the alumni office for connections. Your college alumni office is a great place to start building your network. You can contact alums in the field you want to go into and see if they will talk to you about what their careers are like, any openings they know about, or general advice for getting your foot in the door.
  3. Let people know you're looking. You can never really tell too many people that you're looking for a job. Post it on Facebook, tell your friends who already graduated, tell your family, tell your neighbors back home ... tell everyone you can. You never know where an opportunity might present itself.
  4. Don't be afraid to use your parents' network. You may want to do your job search yourself, without any help from your parents. While this is, of course, noble, it can also be kinda silly. Your parents have likely been working for a long time and have a good network to tap into. Don't be afraid to use it.
  5. Check with places you've worked at, interned at, or done research at. Think back to all the place you've worked at or otherwise had a presence at during your years in college. Those places know you best -- and may know of great opportunities that will fit your personality and what you're looking for career-wise.
  6. Look online at larger, reputable sites. Sometimes, job hunting really does involve just scrolling through postings. Block off a morning or afternoon a week, grab a cup of coffee, put some music on, and start searching.
  7. Look online at smaller, more local sites catered to where you want to live. Looking online at websites that cater to certain geographical areas will help narrow down your search results. Consider looking at local news sites and places like Craigslist to find jobs targeted at specific locations.

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