It’s not the end of the world, if you find yourself graduating without a job. Times are changing. No longer are college grads handed over jobs because of their education
There are a lot of options and all of them are better than being in a job you don’t like. I’ve hand picked over 40+ ideas, resources, and tips to get you off on the right foot.
- Copy writing
- Search engine optimization
- Internet Marketing (Social Media, Ad Words,
- Building mobile applications
- Graphic design
- MIT Open Course Ware – Everything
- YouTube – Everything
- iTunes U – Everything
- Education Portal – Everything
- Open Learn – Everything
- Open Culture – Everything
- 30 Day Challenge – Internet Marketing
- Academic Earth – Everything
- LiveMocha – Language Learning
- TED – Everything
- Khan – Everything
- Videojug – Everything
Bonus # 2: Want to know the latest trends of skills that are in demand? Elance.com is a site where business post certain jobs and freelancers bid on each job. This is a great way to see what skills businesses are valuing today.
There is no better time to start a business than after graduation. You have low monthly expenses, you don’t have a family to support, and you don’t have a mortgage to pay off. There might never be another time in your life when you have a blank slate to follow your dreams.
- Start your own business
- Start a blog about the skill you’re learning. Writing about your work, somehow gets you seen as an expert very fast.
- Get a part-time job to pay your bills and make minimum payments on debt.
- Find a way to get in the field you want to be in. Even if that means working for free or a low level job.
- Attend a convention of your chosen field. (You didn’t hear it from me, but keep your student ID for a discount)
- Write a research/white paper on the industry you want to be in. Post it on your blog or send it out to companies you want to work for.
- Write business plans/suggestions/ideas and send them to companies you want to work for.
- Develop your own elevator pitch
- Read How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Read Who’s Got Your Back
- Join a local organization such as your local Chamber, Kiwanis, or Rotary. If there is a bunch of salesman trying to sell you something once you attend, look for more ideas on MeetUp.com. The goal is to find a group or organization that has something to do with the field you want to be in.
- Set up a profile on LinkedIn and connect with everyone.
- Set up a profile for your parents on LinkedIn and build their network. Now log in to their profile and find people who can help you.
- Since you don’t have a lot of money but have a lot of time, it’s a perfect time to volunteer. For ideas visit the Global Volunteer Network.
What Not To Do
- Look for jobs on Craigslist, Career Builder and Monster.
- Work full time at the same summer job you had all throughout college.
- Go back to school because there are no options.
- Move out of your parents house before you find a job
For more things of what not to do, visit 14 Dumb Mistakes College Students Make.
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