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Job Search Tips for New and Upcoming Graduates

Now that you have completed your Jones College education, or are on the brink of graduating, it’s time to put your new knowledge and skills to work.  Use these tips to help you out with your job search!

Be selective:  Rather than quickly applying to every single job posted online, it may better serve you to apply to fewer positions and carefully tailor your cover letter for each one.  Employers can tell when someone has put time and thought into the application.  If they’re going through a stack of 200 cover letters and resumes, you’ll want to catch their eye quickly.  Customization is the best way to go.

Network whenever possible:  You know the old saying, “it’s not what you know – it’s who you know?”  While that might not always be the case, having contacts helps tremendously during the job search.  Remember that stack of 200 cover letters?  It’s much easier to get yours to the top of the stack if someone in the company or organization can vouch for you.  Start conversations online with industry professionals, and get the word out to friends and family that you’re smart, talented and looking for a job.  It’s a competitive market out there, so each connection you make my be of importance to you somewhere down the road.

Use a career center:  Career centers are created with one major goal in mind: help students find a career.  You don’t have to do it alone.  In fact, skilled professionals with knowledge of several industries work in Jones College’s Career Services department, and are right here to help you succeed.  Take advantage of this awesome service and use it to its full extent.  Ask for assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview tips and narrowing down your job search.

Check and re-check your work:  Edit everything – your resume, your cover letter, and your networking e-mails.  And edit them all again.  When everything is looking good, pass them on to friends, family members or someone in Career Services to get perspectives from outside pairs of eyes.  These documents may be your only communication lines with potential employers, so you always want to put your best foot forward and avoid simple grammatical mistakes.

For more ideas and advice, get in touch with Jones College’s Career Services team, your instructors, or someone who’s already succeeded in landing a job.

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