College graduates need to be prepared to face fierce competition as they enter the work force, but they have an advantage for the first time in years, reports CareerCast.com, a national job-search portal. "A key consideration for companies starting to rebuild their staffs is how to recruit great talent cost-effectively," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "College graduates have a big advantage over other job seekers given their low starting salaries and great potential to grow with the company. It's been several years since we've seen companies so interested in talking with new grads." If you're a new graduate, CareerCast.com offers tips for successful job hunting. PRNewswire
1Check out your college or university Career Services office. Their advice is free and targeted to your market.
2Join alma mater alumni groups. Networking is still the best way to find a new job.
3Research job boards that include lots of entry-level jobs.
4Watch what you post online. Recruiters will search social media to investigate your background.
5Expand your search radius to include companies in locations where you would like to live and work.
6Boost your skill set by taking extra courses. Learning should be a life-long goal.
7Don't underestimate the value of a good cover letter and resume.
8Create a "personal branding statement" to stand out from other inexperienced college grads.
9Prepare and rehearse before each interview. Don't assume you can "wing it" just because you're smart.
10Dress for success. Looking good never hurts.
11Be personable and nice to everyone you meet during your interview.
12Follow up with thank-you notes to everyone you met.
But most important, don't get discouraged. Job hunting is one of the toughest "jobs" you'll ever have. Stay positive and keep your network active. Referrals are one of the best ways to find a job.
To access the Graduate Guide to Job Hunting, visit www.careercast.com/jobs/content/ job-hunting-college-grad-survival-guide.