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Out of college, what's next? Job searching tips

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Now that you are out of college, the first thing we start thinking about is , 'Now what do I suppose to do?' This is a common question that we all ask ourselves.

Growing up, our whole lives have been guided for us. Go to elementary school and graduate ,then go to high school. Study really hard or be the best at sports to get a full scholarship to a good college or university. Get to that college/university and graduate. Graduate with a college degree equals getting a good job. Now we are out of college with that degree. Where is that good job?

Here are some tips to help you out in finding that job:

  1. Brainstorm. Think about what you want to do and are you willing to do what it takes to get there. According to an article by the Washington Post, in 2010, only 27% of college graduates work in a field that is related to their degree field. You will need to decide are you open and willing to accept jobs outside of your career area
  2. Commit to your search. Finding a job should be treated as a full time job. You should do extensive research on the area that you want to pursue. Create a career road map and establish how you are going to get there. Research different job posting and see what you should cater your resume around. Once you put together, a resume and in-depth cover letter. You can start the job search.
  3. Consider all options. Temp agencies and internships are a good option to use. They may be able to provide you with the experience that you need to get that first foot in the door. According to the National Association of colleges, in 2013, 63% of paid internships and 37% of unpaid internships resulted in a job offer.
  4. Further your education. Some positions that we strive for may not just stop at a bachelor's degree. They make require an additional degree or other certifications. Know what you need to get you to where you need to be.
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