5 tips to help you land your first job after graduation

Job Advice for College Grads

As the reality of graduation begins to settle in for college seniors, finding the perfect entry-level job should be a top priority.

For the class of 2016, fortunately, the job market seems more promising than ever. With employers planning to hire 11 percent more college graduates this year for U.S. jobs than last year, the likelihood of finding a suiting profession seems high.

To assist you during your job search, we've come up with some of the most important tips and pieces of advice to help you land the job of your dreams.

Take a look at some of them below:

5 tips to help you land your first job after graduation
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5 tips to help you land your first job after graduation

Take advantage of your college career center
Most universities offer career coaching from trained professionals who specialize in development and advancement. Whether or not you have an idea of your career plans post-college, it can be beneficial to take a few hours out of your day and set up an appointment with one of the counselors. Many times, these professionals can review and help you tailor your resumé and cover letter. To top it off, because of their experience and networks in various industries, counselors have the potential to connect you with hiring managers.

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Begin creating and using your network 
One of the most important aspects to finding a job is taking advantage of your professional and personal network. Your connections can vary from your family members and friends to your professors and alumni. If you feel as if you're lacking a valuable network, however, business association events and gatherings are the best way to gain important contacts.

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Always follow up  
With the advancement of modern technology, most job applications are done online. Because of this new process, it oftentimes makes it harder to find the person of contact to follow up with. However, you shouldn't let that initial obstacle prevent you from following up. If you can't find the name of the hiring manager directly reviewing your application, use LinkedIn to do a search of the next best person to reach out to. Many potential employees miss out on interviews by not being proactive and sending follow up emails.

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