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Job Search Strategies for College Students and Alumni

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Job search strategies and advice for college and university students and alumni including where to find job search help, the top sites for college students and grads, resume and cover letter tips, interview tips, and information on on-campus and off-campus college recruiting programs.

College Job Search Tips

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There are many resources available to help college graduates (and students) with an entry level job search. From your college career services office, to alumni who have volunteered to help, to college job sites that provide job listings and job search tips specifically for students, you'll find a variety of resources available to help with a college job search.

Career Office Assistance

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Most career offices provide individual career counseling (including graduate school and choice of major advising and job search coaching), drop in sessions for quick meetings with a counselor, seminars, workshops, a career resource center and computer lab, on-campus and off-campus recruiting and networking programs, job and internship listings, resume, cover letter, and personal statement critiques.

College Recruiting Programs

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When you're a college student or recent grad you'll be able to job search right on campus or via your school's website if you are off-campus. Here's how to tap into the resources available at your school - both in-person and online.

Career Networking Tips

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When you're in college, and even after you have graduted, there many networking opportunities to investigate career options or for your job search. From building relationships with professors, attending career workshops, and networking with alumni, you can start your job search far before you graduate. Here's how.

Social Networking Tips

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It's important to make sure you are taking full advantage of social networking. Done right, it can help your job search. Here are tips and advice for how to use your social media presence as an aid in getting a post-college job, as well as how to be sure you're online presence doesn't cost you a shot at employment.

Entry Level Job Search Guide

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Are you getting ready to graduate from college, or are you a recent recent grad ready to settle into that first serious job? Do you need help getting started? Here's how to get going on an entry level job search. Even if you haven't taken advantage of your career office and college recruiting programs, it's not too late to get job search help. Here's how to get started on a job search.

Top College Job Sites

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Whether you have just graduated from college or you are an alumnus with a few years of experience, there are a variety of job sites which focus on entry level job openings for college students and graduates. Some college job sites are open and available to all job seekers, others are restricted to students and graduates from specific colleges. Check with your career office to see which job sites are available.

Resume Tips for College Students

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When you are a college student seeking an internship or a job your resume can look just like everyone else's and that can make your job search a challenge. However, there are ways to make your resume different. Here's how to get your resume noticed by employers.

College Resume Samples

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Review sample resumes and resume templates for college students and graduates applying for internships, summer jobs, and full-time positions to get ideas for your own resume.

College Cover Letter Samples

When you are applying for an entry level position, composing a cover letter can be a challenge because you may not have a lot of work experience. However, it's fine to highlight your non-employment related experience in your cover letter if it's relevant to the job. Here are examples you can use to get ideas for your own resume.

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