We’ve all heard it before: the job market is rough and the odds of college grads landing jobs are not high.
However, there are many recent graduates finding meaningful work. They are prepared, confident… and they avoid far-too-common job search mistakes, like these:
One (or Five ) and DoneA recent survey of 600 college students by AfterCollege showed that only 44% of students apply to 1 to 5 jobs at a time.
Unfortunately, today’s job market dictates that you must apply to 30 to 40 jobs just to get one call back for an interview.
Remember, there are no “after hours” when it comes to getting a job, just because it’s not normal business hours, doesn’t mean you can ease on the applying. Be in it to win it!
Networking Isn’t ImportantOn the contrary, networking is the life force behind landing a job.
There’s truth behind the age old saying “It’s who you know, not what you know.” Students complain that their career services don’t provide enough networking opportunities during college. But the key lesson here is sometimes you need to go out and make your own opportunities. Leverage your professors, alumni, other students and classmates… any one of them could hold the key to your next job.
Allowing Social Media to Be a TimeSuckIf you are using social media to network and engage your way into a job, great; by all means, spend the next 12 hours on Twitter. But, if you are using social in unproductive ways… a refresher course in time management is needed.Retweeting Kim Kardashian isn’t going to help your job search. Instead, use your time online to search industry specific hashtags, companies and industry leaders. And as number one above so clearly stated, use social media to apply to jobs!
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