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Jobs picture brightens for new grads

Everything we read and everything we hear tells us that things are getting better and many companies that reduced staffs during the last year and a half are starting to rebuild. They may be looking for you.

"A key consideration for companies starting to rebuild their staffs is how to recruit great talent cost-effectively," says Tony Lee, publisher, 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:

Check out your college or university career-services office. The advice is free and targeted to your market.

Join alma mater alumni groups. Networking is still the best way to find a new job.

Research job boards that include lots of entry-level jobs.

Watch what you post online. Recruiters will search social media to investigate your background.

Expand your search radius to include companies where you would like to live and work.

Take extra courses. Learning should be a lifelong goal.

Don't underestimate the value of a good cover letter and resume.

Create a "personal branding statement" to stand out from other inexperienced college grads.

Follow up with thank-you notes to everyone you met.

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 complete Graduate Guide to Job-Hunting, visit www.careercast.com/jobs/content/job-hunting-college-grad-survival-guide.

Marvin Walberg is a job-search coach.

Got the interview?

Prepare and rehearse before you go. Don't assume you can wing it just because you're smart.

Dress for success. Looking good never hurts.

Be personable and nice to everyone you meet.

Jobs picture brightens for new grads 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:15am]
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