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The Top 11 Mistakes That Recent Grads Make in the Job Hunt

Chris Bianchi

March 05, 2010

Be strategic in your efforts

Ok, so you want a job. If you still have a while until you graduate, focus on getting internships and making contacts in your field. Next, decide whether or not you need to go to grad school or not, and what tests you might need to take for grad school, and how to prepare for those tests. Consult as many people as you can in your prospective industry as you make these decisions.

If you’re about to graduate or you have already graduated, make a list of people to call including any old contacts you have from your past internships.

Keep tabs on where you’ve applied, and be sure to follow up. Find companies in your field and be sure to send e-mails, even (especially) if they don’t have a listed position. Think of other ways to stay active. And if that doesn’t work, start to give yourself backup options like graduate school or exploring opportunities in other career fields.

Make a plan. Work hard. Stay focused. Now, stop reading this and go get an entry-level job!