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4 Post Graduation Job Search Myths

Come June, there will be a multitude of recent college grad job seekers scouring classifieds and craigslist. Trying to rise above the competition, they will rely on job hunting strategies commonly believed to be helpful, but could actually hinder the hunt. Utah is considered one of the best states for college graduates to find a job, but the typical tactics might be unhelpful.

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Employment Websites are Helpful

Employment Websites are Helpful

Seeking out a job through an employment website may seem like a good place to start, but they could actually work against you. With thousands of people also looking for a job on these sites, you are facing more and more competition. Because you are not targeting a specific employer, your resume will not stand out among others. It would be smarter to look into websites dedicated to helping people find jobs in your specific profession.

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Resumes are More Important than a Cover Letter

Resumes are More Important than a Cover Letter

It’s true that a resume can either make or break your application but cover letters are also significant. A prospective employer might make their first judgment of recent college grad based on a cover letter before they even get to read your resume. To avoid this, make sure your cover letter and resume compliment each other by completely demonstrating your skills and qualifications on both.

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Don't Apply if You're Missing a Qualification

Don't Apply if You're Missing a Qualification

It’s okay to pass up a job opportunity if you don’t feel you are competent, but if you are only missing one or two of the qualifications, you should still send your resume and cover letter if you think you would be a good fit. On paper you might not be the most qualified for the job, but the employer might think otherwise after the interview. If you don’t submit your application, then there is no chance of landing the job after college. There are many companies in Utah looking to hire interns and most of them will hire employees through the internships they offer.

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Only Seek a Paid Position

Only Seek a Paid Position

Everyone dreams of landing the perfect full-time position after graduating college but in reality, most people spend some time without one. Even in Utah it’s not uncommon for people to do volunteer work or internships while they are job searching. This will give you some experience until you find the perfect position in your desired field. Unpaid positions have the potential to turn into a full-time job so don’t be afraid to take an internship opportunity.

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