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

Chris Bianchi

March 05, 2010

Facetime is important

One of my friends while looking for a job in finance told me this was his biggest issue in the job search. He said he should’ve branched out and talked to more people.

It’s way more comfortable to sit on the internet and surf for jobs than have to actually call people, especially nowadays where almost every job is online. I get it. But by talking to people, you will have a chance to sell yourself beyond what you can do via e-mail.

Basically, you have the chance to be your own PR rep. Be sure to follow up an online application with a phone call (not e-mail, unless they don’t give you a number). If you’re around people who you haven’t met (especially older adults), don’t be shy and mention the fact that you’re looking for a job, they may be able to help you along the way. Get out and talk to people.

If you’ve had past internships, you absolutely have to talk to your former bosses and co-workers and ask if they have anything or know of anyone who has an opening. This should be obvious to you, but it’s a crucial point worth mentioning. If you haven’t done this already, be sure to call your former bosses as soon as you can.

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