A new school year has begun, and recent college graduates are adjusting to a life without homework, classes and teachers. Some graduates may have been blessed to find a job in their field shortly following graduation, but some may still be looking for a job. Regardless of which group you are in, the job search process is not an easy task. Keep in mind these 6 simple tips  when job searching:

Don’t Be Picky:

Here’s the thing, we all want our dream job, but that doesn’t mean that’s where we will start. You are competing against other recent graduates, other professionals looking to change careers and laid off workers. The job market is fierce, and now is not the time to be picky. If you do become picky because you’re not finding the perfect job, you will never find one.

Find A Part-Time Job While You’re Looking For A Full Time Job

Just because you are having a hard time finding a job in your career field doesn’t mean that you can’t work a part-time job while you’re looking. This actually looks better on your resume. The more work experience you can show the better. It will also help eliminate some of the financial stress life and your student loans can bring.

Stay Sharp

Keep doing activities and learning about what is new in your career field. Unfortunately, it could be a year before you find a job that you went to school for. The worst thing that could happen is you become rusty and fall behind, then finally get a call for an interview. Do things like an internship or freelance jobs, but make sure you stay sharp and current on your field.

Apply, Apply, Apply

The only way you can receive a job offer is if you apply for a job. This also goes back to not being picky. Apply everywhere. You never know what could happen if you go for an interview and they like you so much they create a job specifically for you. Jobs don’t appear out of thin air, it will take time and effort to apply. Make applying for jobs, a job.

Bulk Up Your Portfolio

Depending what your career field is, this could mean different things to different people, but use your time wisely. Employers want the newest and most current information and products. This also goes along with staying sharp. If you’re a graphic designer create new pieces, if you’re an accountant show that you’re educated on the newest policies and test. The job market is competitive, don’t give an employer any reason not to hire you.

Use Your Connections

It’s all about who you know. There is no reason to be ashamed about getting a job because you know the right people. Other applicants will use this tactic, so you should use it as well. Ask your family and friends if they know of any job openings or if any of their friends are hiring. All it takes is asking the right person at the right time.

Indeed, Snagajob, Simplyhired and other job search sites are great places to start when looking for jobs. According to a survey done by CareerBuilder, 74% of employers are planning to hire recent college graduates. This is a great time to be entering the job market!


By: Christa Vandenburgh