8 Tips to Help New Grads Land a First Job

Here are eight essential job-search tips every new college graduate should know to help stand out to prospective employers.

As recent college graduates set out to make their mark on the world, they’ll be happy to hear that the job market is picking up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that private-sector employment has increased by 2.1 million since February 2010. Also, Kiplinger’s Economic Outlook reports that the manufacturing, health care, and hotel and restaurant industries have added a combined 112,000 new jobs in 2011.

While having new-grad status may signal to hiring managers a lack of professional experience, that does not mean you can’t still “wow” them during an interview. Grades are not the biggest factor in landing a first gig. A great attitude, determination and self-awareness are far more important to most hiring managers than the world’s best GPA. Remember to keep in mind that a job search can be difficult -- especially for someone straight out of college. At minimum, it can last about three months, according to CareerBuilder.com.

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Liz Ryan
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com