published Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Gearing up college graduates to enter today’s workforce

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The job market doesn’t appear to be as tight as it was a year ago. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.5 percent in April 2013, down from the 8.1 percent Americans faced in April 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, finding a job remains a tough challenge for new college graduates who are eager to begin their careers.

The prepared candidate is a step ahead

Think about these questions: What can I bring to a company? Why should they choose me? Writing your own answers to these essential questions is a good way to prepare for a job search. The exercise can provide valuable insight that may help shape your responses to future interview questions.

Maintain alumni contacts

Word of mouth can be powerful. Even if the person you have stopped to chat with isn’t in a position to help, you never know if they have a friend who is looking to fill a spot.

Attend community events

It isn’t necessary to wait for a local networking event to happen. Developing relationships means putting yourself out there and letting people know your professional intentions.

Volunteer efforts offer benefits

Volunteer work provides experience. Even volunteer activities outside of your field of study can be beneficial. You never know who is painting or planting flowers beside you.

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