Hello Class of 2012; good news! No doubt you are well aware of the challenging job market you will face head-on after graduation, but there are reasons to be optimistic. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), companies plan to hire about 9.5 percent more graduates from the Class of 2012 than last year. Additionally, the same study showed that this year’s graduates will earn on average 6 percent more than last year’s. Sound good to you? Read on!
Are you a senior that has yet to start your job search? Are you looking for employment but need some direction? Try out these resources and let us know how they work for you.
One Day, One Job
One Day, One Job was founded by a recent Cornell grad who was frustrated with the difficulties of finding entry-level work right out of school. Just type in your email address on the website and receive a job posting every day for entry level positions that match your professional qualifications and goals.
Experience is an amazing resource for those who graduated recently or will soon graduate. The folks at Experience specialize and work only with people crossing the bridge between graduation and launching their career, and they have had loads of experience working with people just like you. Their website also has a host of great resources from resume to interview tips that will make you stand out from you competition.
After College probably takes the most social networking approach when connecting recent grads with employment. After College encourages you to create a profile and connect with employers and other people from your school. You can thus become searchable to employers while you yourself search job postings by expertise and region.
Your school’s career services center
Almost every college campus in America has a career services center to help you get to where you want to be professionally. By doing everything from organizing job fairs to giving you resume advice, the people at your school’s career services want nothing more than to see you succeed professionally. Why would anyone pass up the offer of free and sound professional advice?
Your personal network
Remember, job search sites and career centers are only part of the equation. Don’t get stuck in front of your computer all day! The people you know (and the people they know) can prove to be helpful resources. Talk to your friends, family, and teachers. Who do they know that you could chat with?
Find out the people in your personal network that have similar career interests. How are they planning to transition from the academic ivory tower to real-world responsibility? Prepare a specific list of questions, and dive in. A long talk with an established professional in the field you are pursuing can go a long way.
Not sure where to start? Check out this post on training yourself to ask better questions.
Do you have any job hunting advice for this years grads? Tell us in the comments.