By Theodore Bressman
It’s weird; like the day after graduation, it’s no longer “cool” to spend all day relaxing and laughing about it. Outside of an intellectual context, laziness cannot be written off as “artistic.” I learned that the hard way. Unfair as it may be, chilling 24-7 just isn’t
what it used to be. Apparently, jobs are the new school.
But just as you probably looked at 25 colleges before sending applications, it's important to figuring out what you want to do before rushing into a soul-sapping 9-to-5. The best way to ensure a good gig is to really work at it. Some would say that "finding a job is a job in itself," but I generally dislike those people. What I will say is that there are a lot of resources out there to help recent grads find a job, so make sure to exhaust all of them before settling for a gig you don’t really want.
Before you get started, make sure you're prepared for the process. Check out our Resume , Cover Letter , and Thank You Letter articles and templates. Then figure out where to deploy your job-hunting weaponry...
Full-Time Job Information Resources
Gone are the days of a soot-covered young lad traversing the back alleys of a dangerous city, looking for the “Help Wanted” sign that will be his only beacon of hope. Today, the job-hunt has gone digital, though most people still end up landing their gigs through networking offline. To get started, however, the Web is the place to be, and there are a number of great resources that can help you research different industries and prepare for the application process. Check out WetFeet.com , Vault.com , and QuintCareers.com . Also, take a gander at the Occupational Outlook Handbook .
Where to Look for a Job
Once you’ve taken some time to for soul-searching (aka procrastination), it’s time to find some actual positions wherein you might be able to render your services. A job search is a right of passage, and no right of passage would be complete without a ritual. Don’t worry, you don’t have to shave a your pubes and burn its hair in a terra cotta oven—this ritual is all about making the commitment to scan job listings on a regular basis.
While most people browse Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com (and we suggest you do as well), everyone scours Craigslist . Why? We can only assume it’s because the twelve-hour-a-day job you’re about to get will only start to look good after you’ve browsed the odd-jobs section of Craigslist and seen that things could be worse. (That said, there are some legit full-time jobs on Craiglist—you just have to be willing to wade through a lot of detritus to find them).
After a quick scan of those behemoths, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Each industry has its go-to destination for job postings, and you should always check the “Careers” section of a company websites. In addition, you’re a soon-to-be or recent grad, and as such, you should take advantage of one ver...
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Happy Graduation, Gradspotters!
While it might be intimidating to be graduating in today's economy, look on the bright side: you could have been graduating in '09! In fact, it’s not all doom and gloom anyone. Hiring freezes are beginning to thaw out, and believe it or not, there are industries out there that are actually booming. It's time to buckle down, and we know you're up for the challenge. More so than ever, it’s essential to put your best foot forward on the job-hunt and do everything you can (within the law, of course) to stand out from the pack.
Why not start by checking in with us for one job tip a day over the next 30 days. From customizing your resume to networking online and dressing for interview success, we'll break down the process into four essential parts: Figuring Out What You Want to Do, Preparing for the Hunt, Networking, and Finding Jobs/Interviewing.
By staying on top of the 30 in 30 series and implementing each tip over the course of the month, you will set a great foundation for a coup de employment! Good luck.
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The Road to 30: Job-Hunting Tips to Date
#1: Don't Get Discouraged
#2: Move to an Industry Hub
#3: Read the News to Find Your Passion
#4: Consider All Your Options
#5: Earn Some Cash in the Meantime
#6: Which Industries Are Doing Well?
#7: Go the Intern Route
#8: Customize Your Resume
#9: Change Your Voicemail Recording
#10: Clean Up Your Online Profile
#11: The Cover Letter Conundrum
#12: Try Online Career Networking
#13: Start a Networking Spreadsheet
#14: Twitter Your Way t...