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job search advice, college graduate

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I mostly work with professionals who are somewhat experienced and seasoned in the work world – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts on how new graduates should approach “hiring season”!

Once school is out, the market is flooded with resumes from fresh out-of-school grads looking to dive into their career. The thing is, there are often so many people out there that it’s hard to stand out.

But sometimes the best way to stand out is by what you DON’T do.

Take this article titled 5 of the Worst Job Search Mistakes a Recent Graduate Could MakeIt calls out specific entitled behaviors that I have heard hiring decision makers echo.

But it also calls out 5 specific things you can’t do if you want to make contacts, deliver a positive impression, and land a job before your peers:

  1. Fail to use a college network
  2. Know nothing about the company you are interviewing with
  3. Generic cover letter and/or resume
  4. Inappropriate social media presence
  5. Not saying thank you

Read the whole article for more insight, and if you are a recent grad who wants more advice on your strategy to starting a career, reach out to me anytime.