Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: Recent College Grads, this post is for you

Posted on June 1, 2011


Amanda Gunter

Graduation season is upon us and with that comes thousands of recent college grads looking for permanent work.

Hopefully many of you have gotten started on your job search journey and have spent some much needed time on your resume.  If not, might I suggest paper and a pen as you’re going to want to take notes.

1.      Work work work on your resume.

You’re probably wondering what to put in the “Professional Experience” section of your resume because let’s be honest, you have no experience.

Now’s the time to get creative. Using that pen and paper I told you to get earlier start brainstorming anything and everything you’ve ever done (seriously). Now figure out how to put that on your resume.

Remember that time you started a Twitter account and a Facebook page for your dad’s company, or the time you babysat for your friends, family and neighbors and created a babysitting checklist to help you manage the task of keeping an eye on everyone’s little angels?

All of those odd jobs translate into marketable job skills and mixed with a beautifully written resume and cover letter you’ll be a shoe in.

2.      According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 70% of all jobs are found through networking.

 Now it’s time to advertise yourself. Start a LinkedIn account, expand your network and most importantly, start talking to friends, family, past coworkers, and anyone else you think can help your job search.  Go through your contacts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and etc… and look for leads.

Additionally, look for companies in your area that specifically hire recent grads. Believe it or not there are a lot of companies that love to hire students fresh out of college. You need to hit them up. A few companies come to mind right off the bat such as Target Corporate and IBM.

3.      Think long term and keep your chin up.

Although getting your degree is quite an accomplishment, it’s not going to get you that salaried position and corner office right away. You’re going to have to work hard to get an entry-level position making less than you thought you’d be making after college. Believe it or not, this is typical, but if you pay your dues and get some experience under your belt, eventually you’ll get that salary and corner office.

4.      Remember, your degree is something to be proud of but your main goal right now should be to get your foot in the door so you can gain experience and beef up your resume.


Around May of 2010 after a dramatic rise in the ranks at her previous company Amanda realized that although she was good at her job, it wasn’t necessarily a good fit. Scoffing at the safety net her job provided, she quit in November 2010 and moved to North Carolina to chase her dream in the Tar Heel State. That was when the cold hand of reality slapped her across the face and she came to the realize just how little she knew about finding a fulfilling career. Armed with nothing more than a bad resume and the internet, Amanda tackled every resource she could get her hands on to wrangle her career search into submission. She’s not there yet, but everyday is closer than the day before. 

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