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I Graduated, but Don’t Have a Job

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When I graduated, I didn’t have a full time job lined up, so this article will apply to me as well. And I’d like to say that I currently make all of my money running this site, but six dollars and eighty four cents in Google Adsense ain’t paying the bills.

So if you are jobless and looking for a career, some money, and some respect here are 3 tips to get there. Everyone says networking is the key to getting a job but there are smart networking tips that work best.

Call, Email, or Meet your Professors

This one technique got me an interview with a company that I never would have known about. There are companies that constantly contact your department head or professors looking for talent. If you were smart enough to make friends with that professor or if you were memorable in some other positive way then you should make it a point to contact them for help. Call and tell them you are still looking for a position.

Join an Industry Specific Organization

I used this technique to get an informational interview with someone in my field. When you meet people in your industry and continue to learn about your field more and more opportunities will be available to you. Make sure you have some personal business cards printed up. Focus on meeting 1 to 3 people at each function. It will make it easier for you to make a meaningful connection and keep in touch.

Go to Student Functions as an Alumni

If you were a member of a student organization as an undergraduate then you remember the special members only functions. You should be able to continue attending those functions as an alumni. At those functions be sure to chat with fellow alumni, sometimes you can get a tip for an open position in their company.
Remember to update your resume and write a cover letter for your job search. Don’t give up! the job market is coming back and you will get an awesome job soon.

Still looking for a job? I’ve created a full guide with details and case studies just for you! Check it out here.

How did you land your first job?

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  1. Charlotte says

    If you were a member of Students in Free Enterprise they have a really big job fair at the regional competitions. And they also have some jobs just for SIFE students and alumni.

  2. Corey @ Passive Income to Retire says

    $6.84..? I hear ya! My second site is now beating out my first in adsense with a whopping $17 and some change for March! Best month ever for PITR!

  3. Harri @ TotallyMoney says

    Use social media- get on LinkedIn, set up RSS feeds for job searches, download job seeker apps and start following companies you admire on Twitter. Don’t wait for a job to find you. Be proactive.

    • says

      I wonder if it’s getting better out there? I really hope it is!

      I didn’t have a real corporate job offer when I graduated, but I put down that I did anyway in the graduation sheet b/c I was in the 4th round of 5 rounds of interviews already and believed I would get the job, which I did. It was a nerv wracking experience, but good for the courage!

  4. says

    I would definitely say to network as much as you can. I landed my first job before I graduated. I started applying before most people, and therefore was able to beat the waves of applicants.

  5. Economically Humble says

    Absolutely email, call and visit your professors and asks them about jobs. You might also want to look up research job positions at your university. Also, consider jobs outside of your field. As a college graduate you have the ability to think critically and get things done, not just work in your field.

    Network, network, network. Have your resume reviewed and printed at the career office and walk it around to people…. go for it!

  6. says

    I hope this doesn’t apply to me when I graduate. I’ve taken so many temporary jobs in my field it’s not even funny (okay, it’s only been 3, but still), but I need to find a full time permanent job!

  7. says

    I had a job as well when I graduated, but I had options as well. Networking played a huge part – alumni events are key, and so are industry specific job fairs. Finally, a good career center on campus has tons of ins-and-outs of different companies.

  8. Anthony Thompson says

    This is a very encouraging post for that down-in-the-dumps college graduate who needs a pick-me-up and some great strategies for networking his/her way into a great new job. I’ve done the first two, and they worked. I’ve never tried the third, but wish I had.

  9. Julie @ Freedom 48 says

    It’s funny how things work themselves out. I also graduated university with no job lined up. i was unemployed for 4 months before beginning my career. It happened to be during the summer time, so I didn’t stress, enjoyed the summer and buckled down in September (I began working in October).

    Now I look back on that time with such fond memories…and a little bit sad, knowing that it was the last time I’d EVER have that much time off of work… before I retire!

  10. Young Professional Finances says

    LinkedIn definitely helps! Any kind of networking is great but I find career fairs to be the best advantage you have as a student – and still useful as an alumni.

  11. Jacky says

    Hey Latisha,

    I graduated in 2008 and I applied for more than 500 jobs without getting any of them, at that time it was so hard to fine a job, I did 2 part time jobs until I was able to land a job with a decent salary, without the part time jobs I wouldn’t have survived.

    I am sharing my story for the people who are applying and feeling hopeless, never give up because there is always a chance and once you get this chance you will appreciate it and do way better than everybody else then get promoted so NEVER GIVE UP!

    Thanks

  12. laura rubenstein says

    Great article. I have had the same problem. Ugh but my daughter is special needs so it also makes it so hard for me to keep a job full or part time.

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