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College Graduates: Avoid These Job Search Mistakes

August 15, 2011

College graduates entering the “real world” face an improving but still difficult job market. Yet they have one thing that gives them an advantage compared to other job seekers: Youth.

Nonprofits are always looking to get a fresh infusion of youth. Some people say that youth is wasted on the young, but college grads tend to have a lot of enthusiasm and energy that organizations need to advance their missions. Youthful energy and a charming smile won’t get you anywhere if you don’t conduct your job search properly. Here are some common mistakes made by college graduates that you should make sure to avoid:

  • Not Taking Advantage of the College Career Center : These offices are here for a reason, so make sure you visit them. They can help connect you with alumni currently working in the field.
  • Not Preparing Enough: It can be tough to focus on the job search while also completing your schoolwork, but you shouldn’t wait until after graduation to start preparing. You should start making networking contacts once you choose your major.
  • Only Using the Internet: Online job boards are great, but they shouldn’t be your only source. Make effective use of traditional methods like attending career fairs .
  • Setting the Bar Too High: Ambition can be a good thing, but don’t let it stand in the way of getting a good job. The first job you get out of college should be all about building up your skills so you can eventually get that dream job.
  • Not Following Up Quickly: Don’t wait more than a week to follow up with the employer after you send in your resume. You don’t want to seem like a pest, but you don’t want to appear disinterested, either.


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