Recent graduates need to be active and aggressive in searching for new job opportunities. Taking a break after graduating may put you at an extreme disadvantage to others who are more active.
Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2011
After college, recent graduates are starting their post-graduate job hunt during a time of extended national unemployment, which has risen to 9.2 percent for June 2011 according to Unemployment-Extension.org. So how do these new grads find a job they love and rise above the competition? One national expert declares that graduates can be assertive and take steps to counter high unemployment, although that remains to be proven.
“Recent graduates need to be active and aggressive in searching for new job opportunities. Taking a break after graduating may put you at an extreme disadvantage to others who are more active. It’s best to use your social network immediately to push for interviews,” says expert Mark Quinones, CEO of Unemployment-Extension.org
"Taking a summer break isn’t as prevalent in the workforce as it is in college. Once you graduate, you are in the workforce and need to leave college habits behind. Your professional network for job opportunities is strongest right after you graduate as opposed to taking a vacation for a few months," he says.
Quinones also adds that too often, not enough effort is made towards researching potential employers. "Spending time on Linkedin and researching a company website can pay off in spades when it comes to securing that interview," Quinones says.
"Make sure the company is a fit during the interview. Even though jobs can be scarce, it can be more damaging to your lifetime income to take the first job you are offered right after graduation. It’s much better to make sure that the job and employer are the right fit for you.” says Quinones.