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    This can be a very exciting time in your life. You have just graduated College and you are ready to get a job in your field of study. This can also be a very frustrating time. You may have an idea in your head about the perfect job and how much money you are going to make. In reality, there are hundreds of people looking for the same job you are. You have an advantage of graduating College; most companies prefer College Graduates over those who did not graduate. The first thing that you have to do is put together a resume. This may be very nerve wracking since you just finished school and you may not have loads of experience.

    A resume is needed in order to get a job so do your best to put together one. You will need your objective for getting that job. Try not to sound mechanical, be honest and put your objective into your own words. As for your resume, the education section will start with your College and then your High School; there is never a need to write down where you went to Junior High School. For work related experience, if you have held a job while in College write it down. If you worked at Burger King in High School you can probably leave that out. Do not embellish your resume. If you write down that you know how to do something, you better know how to do it. It will save you embarrassment later on.

    If you have done any kind of community service or volunteer work put it down. It you have any special skills put it down. When sending out your resume you will want to add a cover letter. In thus letter you can explain to a potential employer why you want the job and in your own words what you can offer the company. Make it personal but professional. Once you have your cover letter and resume completed, it is time to start looking for a job. Some Colleges offer Job Placement, if yours does take advantage of it.

    Try looking online on websites like Career Builders and Monster. Try to stay away from Craigís List. There are some legitimate jobs there but there are jobs on there that do not exist. It may be a waste of your time. Try an employment agency they can help you get in touch with companies who need employees like you. You may encounter many companies that like the idea that you are a College Grad but you donít have the experience.

    You may want to consider getting a part time job and take an internship at a company that fist into your ideal job. You can also start as a temp and work your way up. Donít get discouraged, there is a job out there waiting for you. It may take longer than you would like but be patient and be persistent.
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