This is a guest post by Monica Weber. Follow her on Twitter @monicaweber88.
It’s that time of year again. Screw studying for finals, college seniors have something else on their minds: the job search. That’s right – cue the long lines at resume workshops and career services at colleges, a new pool of applicants is about to graduate. What’s worse is the constant stream of information telling job seekers just how hard it is to find employment. Add this with student loans and new expenses, entering the real world can seem like a nightmare.
But never fear, there is light at the end of the tunnel. LA Times recently reported on a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which found that businesses expect to hire 9.5 perecent more college graduates this year than last. Furthermore, unemployment among college graduates up to age 24 dropped from 9.8 percent in February 2011 to 8.1 percent last month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So what can you do to make sure you’re not moving home to Mom and Dad? Why not try social networking? C’mon, we all know that Facebook is the ultimate procrastination tool ever, so why not put it to good use? Twitter can be easily monitored on your iPhone, so rather than napping in the back row, why not search a few hashtags such as #job or #pr (feel free to insert your desired industry here) and see what pops up? LinkedIn? Godsend. Along with the added bonus of already having alumni and networking groups in place, LinkedIn houses a plethora of job opportunities. I should know – it’s how I found my job here at Racepoint Group.
So don’t fret, social media can come to the rescue. Go live up your last few months of fake life, and give #job a whirl.
Did you use Twitter (or other social media) to find your job? Tell us about it in the comments!