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How to beat out the competition: After college success

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Congrats grads you made it! Now what? Some students were lucky enough to line up jobs early. In fact; some may be moving right from graduates to educated workers. However, there are others who weren’t so fortunate.

Graduating college is often bittersweet, because it’s exciting and nerve-wracking to move on to the next phase of life. However, the bright eyed dreamers might be heartbroken by harsh realities of a bad market. But, they don’t have to be. It may not be an ideal job market, but there are still opportunities, just more competition. That’s why it’s important to follow these three R’s: Research, Resource, and Refresh.

Research

Use online, face-2-face networking, and other resources to help you search for your job. Research is also an effective tool in learning how to ace the interview, revise your resume, and create a cover letter. Knowing that there is a wide array of competition, you need to research the latest career trends and the company, before walking blindly into an interview.

Resource

Make use of all available resources. Almost every college offers career services, for example: HACC, Penn State, and Elizabethtown College. These career centers often assist students and alums with their job search. The college career center may be able to assist with: resumes, mock interviews, cover letters, and making valuable connections.

Additionally, use job search websites or staffing agencies to help you with your search. Sign up with Indeed or Monster and get daily or weekly search updates. Make use of social media tools like LinkedIn, be professional and keep a great profile page.

Refresh

Career trends change, keep on hand a few fashionable and professional outfits for interviewing, see PSU Career or E-town College Career for ideas. Be sure to have an updated resume, see Top 10 resume tips. Always include a cover letter with every resume. Revise the cover letter to personalize it for each opportunity. Refresh your interviewing skills and practice ahead of time.

There may not be a booming job market, but there are opportunities waiting for the right candidates. Be sure to research, resource, and refresh your skills in order to beat out the competition. Be prepared and make that degree count.

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