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.

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LaTisha Styles is a motivational speaker, millennial money expert, and spokesperson specializing in simple finance for millennials. LaTisha is the producer and host of Young Finances TV, a weekly series featuring funny, insightful videos on the basics of personal finance. LaTisha has been quoted in Forbes and Mainstreet, featured in The Economist, and mentioned in US News as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter. You can follow LaTisha on Twitter for daily millennial money tips to budget, invest and achieve success!

  • Charlotte

    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.

  • LaTishaDStyles

    That's a great point Charlotte. Thanks for your input!

  • Corey @ Passive Income to Retire

    $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!

    • Nell @ Housewife Empire

      @ Michelle – I totally agree! In this economy, you have to start your job search BEFORE you graduate. Things I wish I’d known a few years ago…

  • Harri @ TotallyMoney

    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.

    • Financial Samurai

      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!

  • Michelle

    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.

    • LaTisha Styles

      Getting a head start on the competition is a great idea. So many graduates are too busy with finals to think about lining up a job.

  • Economically Humble

    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!

  • krantcents

    I went to a job fair for veterans (Vietnam). At the time, there was a recession similar to what we are experiencing now.

  • Daisy @ Add Vodka

    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!

    • LaTisha Styles

      You’re such a hard worker! I’m sure you will find something easily.

  • Robert @ The College Investor

    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.

  • Anthony Thompson

    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.

  • Julie @ Freedom 48

    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!

  • Young Professional Finances

    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.

  • Financial Management Blog

    Hi Latisha,

    Same here with you. When I graduated college, I don’t have job right away. However, I made some part-time jobs and review for my licensure exam before landing to my first full-time job.

    • LaTisha Styles

      Part time jobs is how I survived as well.

  • Jacky

    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!


  • LaTisha Styles

    With continued effort it will happen! Thanks for sharing.

  • LaTisha Styles

    I always felt lost at career fairs. As an introvert it was hard for me to connect at them. But it was a good way to find out who was hiring.

  • LaTisha Styles

    Yeah! I’m thinking that a mid career sabbatical might be a good idea. It’s easy to burn out super quick.

  • LaTisha Styles

    I finally got a job through my career center so I completely agree!

  • LaTisha Styles

    Networking is truly the key.

  • LaTisha Styles

    Things are looking much better now! haha

  • LaTisha Styles

    Great tips!

  • laura rubenstein

    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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