Job Market Strategies For New Graduates

It’s that time of the year again when colleges let out and newly graduated young adults receive their diplomas. They will enjoy a well deserved, long hot summer and then realize “I’ve graduated - now what? I don’t know what to do next!” A little daunted with the realization that now they need to find a job and put their four or five years of hard academic work into practice. The sad thing for these graduates is that they are already a year behind.


Ideally, the best time for graduates to start looking for an entry level job is before they graduate. College Career Centers are very helpful when utilized. They offer counseling and other career tools, career fair opportunities and internship availabilities. The internships are invaluable beginning for soon-to-be graduates and often a requirement for many degrees. Nearly 60% of interns are asked to stay on permanently after graduation and at the very least; the internship can act as a great reference when getting into the real world after graduation.


For those who were enjoying being in the moment or procrastinating and now are a little in the past – what do you do?  First, realize that you need to decide on which career direction you are interested. What is your current career objective? Not sure? Don’t worry many graduates aren’t – instead of procrastinating or doing nothing – research areas of interest to help you narrow down your choices. You can always change your mind and steer yourself in another direction later but you’ll never know what you do like if you don’t find out what you don’t like.


Career coaching is very effective in helping graduates narrow the possible career paths. They offer a variety of tools to help you understand which industries, fields, and work environments fit you best. Use of career assessments with a professional assessment administrator is a great way to start and can be very helpful. Assessments will reveal what your behavioral strengths are and usually will provide a great list of career options to think about.


Next is your gathering of career tools. I would of course recommend an experienced certified resume writer, one who is willing to assist you as you make your way through the preparation process. A well focused resume is the most powerful tool you can have, so your career objective at this point is a must! You’ll need at least a presentation and electronic resume format and cover letter. If your resume writer doesn’t provide additional services in career management they usually have qualified resources to turn to including interview or career coaching services, and resume distribution service and a posting service. Although these additional services will cost you initially, you will save yourself time and much frustration plus with the coaching you will receive pivotal information that will give you an edge or advantage over other applicants during an interview.


The job market is a competitive place but a great career is worth working for! Take the time to do it right and be prepared so you won’t settle for just any job to launch your career! CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!!


Kris Plantrich is the owner of ResumeWonders Writing and Career Coaching Services. She is certified in Resume Writing and Interview Coaching, nationally published, and has extensive experience working with all levels of professionals. Reuse of this article is encouraged but must include a link to


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