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Tough love tips for college seniors entering the job market

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Well, seniors - classes and exams are finished, it's Senior Week, the family's coming to town at the end of the week, and it's all over this Friday, so. . .C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S! Woo hoo! You made it.

So now what? Following on from Roxanne's previous post linking to a great compendium of advice for graduating seniors is this article. It comes from the US News & World Report's Money section "On Careers" column and carries an eyes-wide-open message:

"The good news is that this year's graduates are predicted to fare better than those graduating in previous years have. According to a recent Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 13 percent more new college graduates than they did last year from the Class of '12. The bad news is we are still in a competitive job market. It is going to require more work and effort to land that first job out of college. Spraying and praying your résumé all over isn't enough."

What to do? Not to worry, says Career Sherpa Hannah Morgan, whose no-nonsense advice includes eight key tips. Here's a sample:

"Get real. You are not likely to land your dream job right out of college. In fact, your first several jobs are stepping stones. Learn from each experience what you like to do and what you don't. Don't hold out for the "perfect" job. The longer you are out of work, the tougher it may be. Build skills and experience any chance you can get." 

Love it. Read the entire piece here. And if you are still feeling pre-graduation jitters - or even post-graduation, for that matter - come in and visit us at the CEC, ground floor SOM/Academic building. That's what we're here for. We'll leave the light on for you.

PS If you haven't yet filled out the Class of 2013 Commencement Survey, join over 200 of your classmates and  take five minutes to complete it now - thanks.

Photo: Courtesy UndercoverRecruiter.com