The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that companies plan on hiring 7.6% more Class of 2014 college graduates than they hired from the Class of 2013 for US operations. Employers plan on hiring 12% more new college grads for US and international operations.
The most important step to take when you're starting a job search is to head to your career services office if you haven't connected with them yet. You'll be able to get career counseling, resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview coaching, and help finding a job or post-graduate internship. Keep in mind that some industries start hiring early, so don't wait to get started. Here's more on the job search assistance provided by college career offices.
In a competitive job market, that's not enough though. Networking - both in-person and online - plays a role in many hires. It's important to tap your network (and the network of your friends and family) to assist with your job search. College alumni, previous employers, friends and neighbors and your LinkedIn connections can all help with your job search. Here's how to network your way to post-grad employment.
How you interview matters. One thing I hear frequently from recruiters is that college job applicants aren't prepared. They don't dress appropriately, they don't know anything about the job or the company, and many simply don't make a good impression. Here are interview tips for college students and grads, so you're not one of those applicants who doesn't make the cut because your interviewing skills were lacking.
One other thing to keep in mind is that the more flexible you are, the more job options you'll have. Consider a variety of job options and decide if you're willing to relocate for your first job. Remember, this job is just the first step of your career, and it won't be the last. One college grad I know took a job on the other side of the country because it was a perfect fit even though the location wasn't ideal. His logic was that it would give him the experience he needed, and he could always move back in the future.
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