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Are Grads Realistic About Finding Their First Jobs?

Nealeigh Mitchell | MonsterCollege

May 14, 2010

The ink may not yet have dried on their diplomas, but many college grads have already begun the hardest jobs of their lives: finding one.

Facing one of the worst hiring outlooks in recent history and forewarned of its impact on their job prospects, newly minted grads have brushed the stars from their eyes and buckled down for the long haul. Gone are the days when a diploma was a ticket on the fast track toward a career.

So what challenges do they face?

MonsterCollege polled 1200 recent college graduates and those expecting to graduate within the next several years to get their take on the state of college workplace. The annual survey also questioned 200 companies who hire college graduates for entry-level jobs on their college-oriented recruiting efforts.

Companies remain cautious in their hiring, so it’s up to grads to adopt new strategies and expectations if they want to be successful in their job search. Here are a few things they need to give up — or at least rethink — to land their first entry-level positions.

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