Tuesday, May 27, 2014

More Career Advice for New Graduates by Alison Green

Congratulations on earning your degree! I know you worked hard for this milestone. Now you need a job! Don't have one yet? One of my favorite authors for career advice is Alison Green, founder of the popular Ask a Manager blog. She contributed two articles on U.S. News and World Report that I highly recommend every new graduate should read to prepare for the current job market. Also check out her AOL Jobs article on resume writing tips for new graduates.

10 Key Job Search Tips for New Graduates

  1. Don't wait to start job searching.
  2. Include ll of your work experience on your resume.
  3. Don't listen to every piece of job-search advice you hear.
  4. Don't apply for everything you see.
  5. Broaden your horizons.
  6. Don't think you can't intern just because you're no longer a student.
  7. Use your network.
  8. Practice interviewing.
  9. Make sure that your email address, outgoing voice mail message and online presence all portray you as a professional, mature adult, not a partying college student.
  10. Don't panic.

How To Get a Job When You Don't Have Much Experience

  1. Figure out why you'd be great at the job.
  2. Don't worry about being a perfect match.
  3. Write an outstanding cover letter.
  4. Pay a ton of attention to soft skills.
  5. Think about what non-obvious experience you can highlight.
  6. In your interview, strike the right balance between confidence and humility.
  7. Look for ways to get the experience you lack.
  8. Be realistic.

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