Career Information: 5 Tips for College Students to Land a Job in a Recession

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Getting a job out of college right now is challenging. Employers may be getting hundreds or thousands of applicants for a job that used to get much fewer. They might narrow the list by looking for candidates with a degree. College grads have an advantage but need to research companies to set themselves apart. Follow the tips below to help land a job during the recession.

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Recent college grads face a tough job market in today's recession. has tools to help including free career information. Using information on the site and the tips below college grads can improve their chances of getting a job in a career they want.

5 Tips for College Students to Land a Job in a Recession

1.    Be willing to take unpaid work.
College students usually don't have a mortgage, children and many of the bigger expenses of life yet. Many can afford to take time to explore their options. Be willing to take extra measures like moving in with parents or friends and taking upaid. Be sure it's in the industry where you hope to work. This could lead to another opportunity but most importantly, gets you experience in your field.

2.    Learn to network.
One skill that will serve you best in any job market is your ability to talk to people, develop trust and be likeable. Participate in clubs, associations, groups and events that are available on campus. For more tips on networking, read the book, "Never Eat Alone." Take advantage of all of the opportunities to hear and meet experts that regularly speak to college students at no cost.

3.    Read blogs or start one.
One of the quickest ways to become familiar with an industry is to read blogs. Interested in being a chef? Read the top chef blogs. Read the blogs regularly and comment on them to develop relationships. Many bloggers are generous with their expertise and may help grads develop advanced knowledge in their field.

Some students start a blog of their own focused on the industry they want to work in after graduation. Use it to keep track of research, articles, and events. Just summarize the main points, add a link to the article or information and provide opinion or commentary on the information. Put a link to your blog on your resume. This helps potential employers find you and learn more about you before the interview.

4. Use the Internet.
Search for jobs at and do company research to find companies to work for. Prepare for interviews by getting salary and other information relating to a job.

Use social networking site to network online. Find people who work at businesses where you hope to work. Look at the general age, background and experience of employees. See if you have any contacts that know someone who works there and ask for an introduction. When you have an interview, spend time on the site researching the people you will meet.

5. Consider alternative industries and careers.
Look at alternative industries that may be hiring for similar skills. Be open to other careers. Research employment trends through the Bureau of Labor Statistics at and on If all else fails, consider getting an advanced degree.

About has occupational information for hundreds of careers. Research job profiles and search available positions with employers such as Pepsi, Walmart, Lowes and other nationally recognized brands. CareerLeak has job profiles created by current and former employees of companies.

Find more career tips on the CareerLeak blog at or on Twitter at


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