How to beat the stats and land a job – 10 top tips from a recent graduate

Mildred Talabi

Following on from last week’s post on why graduates should ditch graduate schemes in favour of more attainable options, this week I’ve invited Amy Burton, a recent graduate, to share the secrets and strategies that helped her to land her first job – just one month after graduating. In the three months leading up to July 2012 there were 472,000 job vacancies and 713,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds.

Preparing for your Job Search while you’re Still in College

Career Alley

As many recent graduates will tell you, it’s tough out there right now for your age group in the job market. Full-time jobs with benefits are very hard to come by, and most recent graduates will go several months to several years after graduating without ever finding a good job that fits them. Many students complain that their respective schools did not help them find employment upon graduation. Good luck in your search.


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20 Job Search Tips for 2012 College Graduates

Corn on the Job

The day was March 15, 2005, my college graduation day. For many, graduation signals a new life. For most (if not all) it’s the official birth of a professional — but only after they do land that first job. When I graduated, the job market was much easier to break into than it is now. The “life” 2X4 induces much more pain for graduates these days, so here are 25 Job Search Tips for the current or soon to be 2012 Graduates: 1.

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How current is that job search advice? | Beware the dinosaur.

Write Solution

I recently worked with a soon-to-gradate, elementary school teacher. When working with students, I’m careful to explain my approach to resume creation and the reality of Job Search 2012. I go on to share, frequently, my techniques will not align with what they have been taught about resumes and job search along the way. I continue, many career centers and career preparation courses are up to speed on the rapidly-changing job search market.

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A Teacher’s Perspective: Career Advice I Wish I Would Have Followed

Ms. Career Girl

Although I enjoy my job as a teacher, sometimes I wonder what else I could have done with my life. If the job posting says “no office visits or phone calls, please,” visit the office and call them on the phone. However, there aren’t many do-overs in life, so all I can offer now is guidance for those who are currently in college and those who have recently graduated.

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4 Essential Job Search 2.0 Tips for New Grads

Resume Bear

Entering the job market after college can be an incredibly stressful process, but it’s also equally exciting. Here are some job search tips that are applicable to job seekers at any stage but especially designed for the recent graduate. It’s your job to make sure that an initial google scan won’t incriminate you. There are tons of websites to generate QR codes – simply do a google search for “QR code generator” to find one.

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How current is that job search advice? | Responding to the dinosaurs.

Write Solution

Yesterday, I shared a university career center assessment of a cutting-edge, targeted, focused, differentiating career-marketing document I created for a soon-to-graduate student client. To obtain a position as a _ teacher…)” The message: The employer cares about what you seek at this point in the job search. If the job posting requested a specific conference or workshop, I would incorporate that into the body of the document.

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Focus: A powerful element in job search

Write Solution

He was calling to tell me he’d landed a job, in his target field, and started Monday – after only a month of searching with his new and improved resume. He networked, aced the interview, and starts his new job Monday. The back story … The client, we’ll call him “Tom”, graduated with a bachelor’s in IT in December 2011, and also held an associate’s degree in the same field, earned in 2009.

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Are Bigger Niche Job Boards Always Better?

Career Alley

Author Byline: An exceptional resume authority, Jessica Hernandez and her team of credentialed writers partner with professional- and executive-level candidates to open doors to jobs at prestigious corporations, achieving over a 99% interview-winning success rate. This can even be the case when deciding which job boards to use within your niche. Of course, niche job boards could be considered the smaller version of the generic job boards that are usually larger and more popular.

Job Hunting and Taxes

Professional Resume Services

It’s probably one of the most overlooked of valuable tax deductions: job search expenses. You see, the government wants you to work, and preferably at a well-paying job. To that end, the government has decided that allowing you to deduct some of your expenses for your job search is a good idea. For starters, you have to be looking for a new job in the same general career field. You also have to have begun looking for a new job immediately.

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How to Get a Job When No One Is Hiring

Professional Resume Services

Most job seekers are fully aware that it’s easier to get another job when you already have one and that is never more true than when the economy is down. The problem is that when you suddenly find yourself without a job it can be tough to both deal with the emotional shock and hit the ground running to find another job as quickly as possible. This immediately places you ahead of many candidates that are recent graduates with no real-world experience.

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5 Ways to Make Your Executive Thank-You Letter Count

Career Alley

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap , a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities. Good luck in your search. Executives Have to Eat too – Resources for Executive Job Search. Selling Yourself Short – 5 Ways to Promote Your Job Search.

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Securing the Right Job or Career Transition in the New Economy – part III

Career Alley

Securing the Right Job or Career Transition in the New Economy – part III. Part III – A Method to Make your Job Search More Productive. Part III of a 4 part discussion on the job market. In your quest for the right job or new career, haven’t you asked yourself: “Is there a way to break from the pack and secure opportunities from the 90% of unpublished job listings?”. What if you are a recent college graduate?

Securing the Right Job or Career Transition in the New Economy – part II

Career Alley

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs. Part II – Traditional Job Search Methods. Part II of a 4 part discussion on the job market. Search online job boards. Search corporate web sites for job listings. A hard look at common job search methods will expose many of the reasons why job seekers are not getting the results they desire. Competition for any real job is daunting!

How To Create A Fall Internship Program At Your Company


Creating Your Corporate 2012 Fall Internship Program. However, the benefits of having a proper internship program in place at your company extend far beyond the clear advantages to you, as you also provide students and recent graduates with an invaluable experience to carry with them throughout the rest of their careers. Here are a few ways to find quality intern candidates this 2012 fall internship season: It’s all in the job description.

Personnel Mobilization Doctrine

Career Alley

Author Byline: Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager Redfish Technology , a nationwide executive search firm in High Tech and CleanTech. Clearly defining the hiring objective (What is the job description and what are the expectations for the new SaaS Sales Executive or Senior Solar Mechanical Design Engineer?) Good luck in your search. Career advice Careers Advice Career Advisor Guest Posts Job Search Jobs

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Job market predictions for 2012

Mildred Talabi

I was invited to the Guardian Careers office last week to share my predictions on what I think the job market will look like for graduates in 2012 (scroll down to listen to the podcast). There are three main areas I believe we will see a rise of not just for graduates, but for jobseekers as a whole: 1) “Upside down CVs”. Feel free to share your own thoughts for 2012 or if you’re jobseeking, what strategies you plan to implement for the New Year.

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Why You Should be More Picky in Your Job Decision

Career Alley

You’re a recent college graduate. With all of these considerations, it can be tempting to jump on the first job that comes your way after graduation. The job market is tough for recent graduates , there’s no doubt about that. There are fewer positions available than there have been in recent years, even for those people who are highly educated. If that description fits all of the jobs you have had, what are you supposed to include?

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Best of 2012 – 10 career blog posts to read or revisit before the year’s out

Mildred Talabi

2012 was the year I made a real commitment to taking my blogging seriously and that meant writing and posting a job-related article once a week, right here on To see you into the New Year ahead, here are some of the best posts you might have missed or may want to revisit again: 1) 3 killer reasons to include Twitter in your job search . link] (9 Jan 2012). 2) 3 costly mistakes job seekers make on cover letters.

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Before You Apply to that Job, Do This!!

Resume Bear

If you’ve recently graduated from college and are preparing to search for your first entry-level position, then you likely know the importance of producing a strong cover letter , resume, educational transcript, professional and character references and portfolio pieces. Here are two important job searching tips to help you get started. Search for yourself. Before starting your job hunt, type your name into an internet search engine and see what comes up.

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Who Should You Choose as a Reference?

Professional Resume Services

While references are not generally included on your resume anymore, the truth is that before you are given any job vacancy you will usually be asked to provide references to speak on your behalf. If you have been in the job market for awhile, you ask the last people that supervisors or colleagues you have worked with provide a reference. If you have never held a job before (i.e.

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Those Who Teach

Career Alley

Those who can’t find a job, teach. With the economy and job market the way it is, many new college graduates are having a hard time finding a job in what they trained for. If you are a recent graduate, a retiree who is looking to get back to work, or even just looking for a new field to work in, try teaching. Good luck in your search. Career advice Careers Guest Post Job Search Advice Career Advisor

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Virtual Internship Available for Journalism Majors

Career Realism

Recent Grad Life. O’Donnell (valued at $250 per hour), and access to the DIY Job Search Accelerator Program (JSAP) on our sister site, CareerHMO (valued at $195!). Recent Graduate Internship journalism virtualCalling all journalists and writers! Are you looking for an awesome opportunity to both publish your work and gain valuable experience? CAREEREALISM wants you! We are looking for talented minds that are eager to broaden their skills.

Fifty Shades of Résumé

Careers Done Write

It is not uncommon for job seekers to borrow a résumé from a friend or copy a template found online when creating their résumé It is a great idea to look the résumé of a successful professional to get inspiration. Avoid the big mistake of copying content from a job description given by an employer and pasting it into your new résumé A job description contains the basic requirements of your job. job search resume tips

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Need More Experience? Try an Externship

Careers Done Write

Perhaps you are a recent graduate without professional experience, or you may be a seasoned worker who is currently unemployed and seeking a career change. In either case, the lack of specific work experience can pose a challenge, especially in a tough job market. An externship is another word for job shadowing. In some cases with an extended externship, you can build actual job experience. Externship Job Search Strategies

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Careers In Marketing: Utilizing Social Networking To Improve Your Job Prospects

Career Alley

After graduation however, the way you use social networking can change into something that helps you find the job of choice. If you’ve recently graduated with a shiny new marketing degree, you know that the job market is pretty tough at the moment. If you’re about to graduate, you’ll learn soon enough that just having a degree in marketing isn’t enough to separate you from every other candidate out there. Good luck in your search.

5 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

Resume Bear

Despite LinkedIn, Facebook and other new job hunting forums, at some point in the application process you’ll be asked for a resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae: a summary of your academic and professional history). All hiring managers know you need solid references at some point in the job hunt. Every Job You’ve Had Since You Were 16. Evaluate every position you include in your resume by these two criteria: relevant and recent. If a job doesn’t qualify, leave it out.

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You Prepared for the Interview…Did you Prepare your References?

Professional Resume Services

What happens from there has a lot to do with you, and if you nail the interview, then you need to be sure that the final factor in the job search process – your references – are prepared to help you seal the deal. If you are a recent graduate, you might need to look at the supervisor of your internship or volunteer work. Interviewing Job Search Networking Professional Resumes career change job interview Professional Reference references

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Students and Grads Top 10 Companies

Resume Bear

Top 10 Companies for Students and Graduates. Today’s new professionals aren’t just searching job sites and emailing resumes; instead, “social” is their native habitat. So in this dramatically changed environment, which companies have attracted the attention of today’s students and recent grads? Our results are based on their LinkedIn activity including job search behavior, the companies they follow, and their views of company pages and member profiles.

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45 Inspiring Career Blogs for College Students

Resume Bear

College , ostensibly, prepares participants for their chosen career paths, but tracking down the right entry-level positions comes burdened with its own set of protocols, strategies, and insights, all of which might seem impregnable to the recent graduate. Lindsey Pollak : Because this career expert and consultant specifically concerns herself with Generation Y, her official blog will be particularly useful to college students about to hit the job force.

Recent Grad Résumés: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Careers Done Write

How do you discern what is the most effective résumé strategy in today’s job search market? Below we have listed a few areas of focus for a recent graduate’s résumé We will show you what is hot and what is not. The characteristics often shown on a recent graduate’s resume are over-used and baseline characteristics expected by any employer. For a recent graduate, this is still important to include.

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Making the Transition From College Graduate To Job Seeker


There is a certain amount of relief when a student finally graduates from college; the years of hard work through all levels of school have finally paid off and they now stand, degree in hand, with their future laid out before them. That relief tends to be short lived when the reality strikes home that student loans now have to be paid and it’s time to get a real job! As a recent graduate, portraying a professional image is vital to your success.

National Survey Finds Graduates are Academically Prepared, But Not Marketplace Ready

Resume Bear

As more than 12 million Americans remain unemployed, a national survey finds recent college graduates – the one group which stands to potentially best compete in a highly-competitive, tech-savvy job market – are among the least prepared to find work. The survey, Effectively Counseling Graduating Students , was conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on behalf of the Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University.

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How Graduates Can Make the Most of LinkedIn and Twitter

The Undercover Recruiter

“77% of recruiters suggest that they would run an online search for the candidate”. The UK economy is set to go into a double dip recession (BBC, 2012), as the market shrinks by 0.2%. Although this is set to be revised at least twice, this still demonstrates that graduate job opportunities are going to continue to be few and far between. So how do new graduates gain an extra advantage when capturing the dream role they have studied so hard to achieve?

What Recent Grads and Job Seekers can Learn from Content Marketers

Ms. Career Girl

It was there that I realized — there’s a lot that recent graduates can learn from content marketers. Adding interesting, new and thought provoking qualities to the traditional, informative and standard characteristics you’ve already mastered in your job-hunt approach. What should recent graduates take away from this trend? How to take your Job Hunting to the Next Level. An awesome video animation by a young gamer looking for a job.

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The Latest Resume Tools To Help You Get The Interview

Ms. Career Girl

It’s a good time to be looking for a job. Whether you are a recent graduate looking to break into your first career job or a seasoned professional moving on, you should have little trouble getting a bite on your resume. As early as 2012, the Wall Street Journal quoted an IBM executive as saying 90% of large companies use such software and it would be “very rare to find a Fortune 500 company without one.”. But in the world of tech, 2012 is the stone age.

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5 Best Resources For Those Considering Teaching

Career Realism

For recent graduates, several non-profit organizations help new teachers get their careers started by offering work opportunities in high-needs schools and geographic areas. Job Search careerTeaching is one of the most difficult yet rewarding careers out there. If you feel that you have what it takes to become a teacher and want to make a difference in the lives of others, here are a few resources to help you weigh your decision and get started: 1. Friends And Family.

Old Mistakes Are Keeping Me from Getting a Job Offer

Career Realism

& Dale: My daughter recently graduated from college and got a great job offer. When she started to explain, HR said the job offer was no longer on the table. Next time, when your daughter gets to the part in the process where they tell her they want to make her a job offer and they need to do a background check, she should say something like: “I am so excited about this opportunity and am thrilled that you want to hire me. Dear J.T. &

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can I apply for jobs now if I’m not available for many months?

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I’m in a bit of a job search conundrum that I was wondering if you could help me out with. I landed a year-long paid internship at my alma mater after I graduated last May. I procrastinated a lot last year on the job search thing and would like to get a head start this year, especially since I’m looking to move out of the area. You could apply for a job in March and not get an offer until August. job searching

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What Are Recruiters Looking for on a Resume?

Career Realism

Recruiters can be a big part of a successful job search strategy, but you need to know the rules. It is not true recruiters find jobs for people – they find people for jobs. It is crucial you understand this important part because many people just call recruiters and expect help in their job search. A good way to see if you are the kind of person recruiters want is to look at the ads on for your job title.

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What is a Recruiter Looking for When it Comes to Resumes?

Career Realism

Recruiters can be a big part of a successful job search strategy, but you need to know the rules. It is not true that recruiters find jobs for people – they find people for jobs. It is crucial that you understand this important part because many people just call recruiters and expect help in their job search. A good way to see if you are the kind of person recruiters want is to look at the ads on for your job title.

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my friend hates me for “stealing her job”

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: As recent graduates, my classmates/friends have begun the job search. In this poor economy, jobs are hard to come by. I asked my friend if she had been contacted by HR but she hadn’t been and did not get the job, but she expressed that she was happy for me and that I deserved it. I’m afraid she has been telling other mutual friends that I took her job opportunity. Do you feel that I stole her job?

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The Career Path of a Human Resources Manager

Career Realism

This is a true story as told to where you can find helpful career interviews and job search advice in your desired industry. As the manager of recruitment, I strive to find recent graduates or employees at other companies who are especially talented that would make good additions to our company. As a result, I travel to college campuses and job fairs looking for ideal candidates. I was fortunate enough to land the job!

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