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Asked by Madison on October 2, 2017

What are some tips you would recommend to recent college graduates when job hunting?

Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on October 4, 2017

Great question! Job searching can be a very exciting as well as stressful time whether it being your very first job or finding a new opportunity. I would start by making sure that your resume is concise and easy to read. Recruiters are looking through a ton of resumes and it is important that the content in your resume is impactful at a glance. I would also make sure you are matching your skills to what is required of the position you are applying for. If you happen to have experience that relates to the role or perhaps have taken classes that translate then make sure you are focusing on that in your resume. Another tip is to focus in on an industry or position that you are not only qualified for but passionate about. This will make it very easy to speak to the position and sell yourself if you do get selected for an initial phone screen. Lastly, network with former classmates, employees, teachers, or anyone who can put you in touch with the right people for jobs you are seeking. LinkedIn is a very a good resource for this and can help make for warm introductions to help get your foot in the door or spark an initial conversation. I hope this helps and best of luck in your job search!

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on October 9, 2017

Keep an open mind when searching for jobs. Sometimes recent graduates limit their search and only consider opportunities that are directly related to their college major or previous experiences. While that is a great starting point, an entry-level role is a great opportunity to explore interests or opportunities before figuring out what your unique skills are. As a recent graduate, you likely have more flexibility to try something that is new and interesting than you will 20 years into your career. Take advantage of this time to try something out of the box, if that is what is calling you! If you want to follow a more traditional path, that is great as well. Talk to as many people as you can at that company/in that industry to learn where you would fit into the puzzle.

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