The job market is difficult, especially for new graduates. The number of other job applicants that are out there is intimidating, and explains why it will take a good deal of time and effort after graduation to find a job. But as Ask Men details in “Job Hunting Tips: 7 Job-Hunting Tips For New Graduates,” perseverance will help you reap your rewards in the end.

searching for a jobBe Prepared To Sell Yourself

One of the most difficult things that you must learn as a new graduate is that you are a product. Companies are essentially buying your time, and they want to be sure they are getting a good deal. Although you may find it distasteful, you must be prepared to sell yourself: be ready and willing to talk about your strengths and how you would make a good employee. Whether you have the opportunity to divulge a little information or a lot, having your business cards available to hand out will help ensure people remember you.

Network With Friends And Companies

Social networks such as Facebook are an easy way to access some of a company’s public information, but don’t be fooled into thinking that contacting them online is enough. Establishing a personal connection makes all the difference when it comes to networking; try and get a personal meeting with someone in the company, even if it just to meet for a drink and get acquainted.

Look For Opportunities

Many people know what their ideal job is, but getting that job is often not easy. If you are not having any luck, be open to other positions and activities that will add to your portfolio. Even if it is not exactly what you want, having related experience in the field will be invaluable and will make your resume look much better. The job market can be tricky to navigate, but these tips will lead you to success.

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Monique is a former dean of Language at a local university in California. She writes reviews on educational institutions and works with government agencies in improving language programs for foreign students.