Job-Hunting Tips for New Grads

Parents should share this advice with their children so they can land in good places with bright prospects.

With the unemployment rate nudging 10%, this year’s college grads are getting plenty of expert guidance on how to land that first job: Be flexible. Be positive. Don’t be picky. Network, network, network.

That’s all good advice, if a bit general. As the mother of three twentysomething children, all of whom have been in the labor market one way or another over the past year, I’ve witnessed firsthand the ups and downs of the job hunt (my elder son received a master’s degree and was looking for a full-time position, my daughter applied to graduate school, and my younger son wanted to find a summer internship). Plus, as a magazine editor who interviews job candidates, I’ve seen the process from the employer’s perspective. So I’d like to offer my best advice for parents and their kids.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.