5 job hunting mistakes to avoid

Career development leader shares secrets on how to find and land a job.
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Mar 31, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

Recent or soon-to-be graduates are in luck. Andy Chan, Wake Forest University vice president of career development, ranks new graduates as today’s most marketable applicants. Age, energy, flexibility, and lack of financial obligation compared to older contenders are what make career-starters so viable, he says.

But that doesn't mean securing a job won't be just as rattling as it is for seasoned job seekers in today’s rocky economy. Chan says new graduates can expect the same hardships: endless interviews and rejection. It means that new graduates need to capitalize on their strengths and avoid mistakes where possible. Here are Chan’s “don'ts” for students seeking jobs.

1. Don't rely on e-mail

Applying online to every opening may be a common strategy, but it isn't a wise one. Chan says obtaining a job through the Internet is difficult due to the high volume of resumes being submitted. Real-life networking remains the best method of securing a job.

2. Don't be picky

What you do right out of school isn't what you'll do for the rest of your life. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker will hold 10 to 14 different jobs by the time he or she turns 38. So don't worry about finding the perfect job. Just get a foot in the door any door.

3. Don't give up

Chan says some students don't think looking for a job is worth the time considering the poor job market. What they don't realize is that many companies are recruiting students this spring through summer. Pay attention and apply for these jobs, Chan says.

4. Don't stall

Grad school isn't always the answer. While it may promote job prospects, it can also increase student debt. Fear of not finding a job is not a good reason to stay in school.

5. Don't be lazy

 Use student resources. College career offices provide the necessary tools for job hunting. They can help identify networking contacts and beef up resumes. Chan says it’s amazing how out of every 10 resumes, only one or two are any good.

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