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A Tough Job Search Ahead This Year For College Grads

Posted May 11 2009 12:00am

As we approach graduation season, if you are a prospective college graduate this year, you are anticipating the end of school as you know it and ultimate freedom. However, welcome to the real world. Finding a job after college is one of the most stressful things you will address in the short-term. The country is now in a recession, there are hiring freezes in some companies and downsizing in others. Unemployment is at a high. According to a national survey, the number of college graduates leaving campus and going directly into the workforce is down dramatically this year. Only 19.7 percent of college grads already have a job, which is down 26 percent from last year and 51 percent in 2007, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The industries and the work force is a competitive battlefield (more so than usual).

So don’t give up before you get started. Persistence is the key. Graduates really need to take care of themselves such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritionally and getting exercise to reduce the stress. Experts don’t recommend the stress eating that can go on in college at exam time. Excess pounds will make you look sluggish. Recent graduates will be competing with much older and experienced candidates. Graduates have several things going for them against the mature competition: youth and energy. Use it to your benefit. Experts also suggest graduates must learn to market and differentiate themselves. First, focus and take action. Identify your specific job market the kind of work you want to do, and the industries and companies where your skills and abilities would be a good fit. Research and expand your network and you will find your job.

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