Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Finding a Job After Graduation

Graduating from college is both exhilarating and daunting at the same time. Students have just accomplished a great feat, completing four years (more for some) of undergraduate education or two years of graduate education and are now ready to join the workforce. Closing one chapter of life to start a new paying one! But with the unemployment rate still high after the economic downturn, students are finding that landing a job is harder than they imagined.

College is a great venue to prepare students for the workplace. It teaches them work ethic, and the skill set to succeed in their desired industry. But what prepares students for job hunting?

There are many resources available to students to aid in their job search, if they choose to take advantage of them. Before a student graduates, the first thing they should do is get in touch with their university or college career services department. These offices are experts at job assistance and placement and truly want to see their graduates employed. They are also a great resource for names and contact information of university alumni that are willing and able to assist recent graduates with employment possibilities in a shared and similar field. Also, local companies will often provide universities and colleges with announcements of their employment opportunities in hopes of snaring a recent graduate with the perfect qualifications. Students or recent graduates should also try reaching out to their professors. These individuals are well respected members of their field and might know of employment opportunities in the industry.

Student should also join professional organizations in their desired field of employment. These associations provide great networking and educational gatherings for recent graduates to mingle with other industry people, including peers and potential employers. Also, most organizations provide members with access to their exclusive job database. Member companies can submit private job listings that are only viewable to other members. While most professional organizations require a fee to join, if you land a job it will be all worth it. Other great resources for students are the job boards and website available online. These website allow students to upload resumes, cover letters and personalized profiles to aid in their job hunting. Unfortunately, because many larger companies post their available jobs on these large job boards, they receive a great number of applicants in response.

To join this workforce, it takes perseverance. And with these resources, some hard work and lots of research, job hunting doesn’t have to be such a headache for recent graduates.

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