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Job Search for New College Graduates

If you graduated this year or in the last couple of years, or if you are anticipating graduation in a year or two, launching your career provides you with unique opportunities and interesting options and challenges.

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You need experience to get a job, but you are having a hard time getting experience unless someone hires you.  Which comes first, the chicken or the egg - the job or experience?

Millions of job seekers have run into this wall every year, and millions of them have broken through it, too.  So will you. Job-Hunt and Chandlee Bryan, Job-Hunt's Expert in Job Search for New Grads will help you address the issues and find strategies to deal with them. 

The key thing for you to do now is to figure out what you really want to do - at least for the next 5 years. Your school should be able to help you with assessment tests and counselling, and you have the billions of pages of Internet content to help you with your research.

An unfocused job search - an I'll-take-anything job search - is a tougher job search than a focused one, so learn that lesson now. In 2010, a new edition of What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens was published and has gotten very good reviews. If you need a starting point for a do-it-yourself process, that book is probably a great place to start.

Expect that you will make several career transitions in your lifetime.  The US Department of Labor estimates 3 or 4.  The speed of technological change in the last 10 years may increase the need for more transitions in the future.  So, get used to starting a new career.  If possible, find a way to enjoy the changes.