Advice to survive the summer job market

May 26, 2009 3:01:02 PM PDT
This summer is shaping up as one of the worst times in recent years for freshly minted college grads to be entering the job market. What hurdles will college graduates be facing in this tough job market? And how do they compete against all those experienced people, also looking for jobs?

Recent college grads struggle with a soft economy and the seasonal hunt for a job.

Carlton Ogletree, a William Patterson College graduate said, "The job search is pretty tough right now."

Ben Haws, a graduate of Kean University said, "I'm even asking for favors from people, like 'give me a job'. They're like, Ben, we'd give you a job as a favor, but we can't hire you because we don't have the bankroll."

Besides thousands of recent grads, college students are also competing with laid off workers desperate for a paycheck.

That's where a network of temporary hiring agencies come in. Their job is to link workers looking for a job with hundreds of businesses who want to hire temporary employees.

Ted Kissel, the CEO of a temporary agency called Unitemp said, "At any point, one of those companies could call with a lead, and if you've applied, then you have a chance."

CEO Kissel has tips he says should help college students land that job.

  • Number one on Kissel's list, network like crazy.
  • Two, prepare that resume. Make sure it's a single page, and that it is easy to follow.
  • Three, know what it is you can and want to do.
  • Four, be flexible about what you're willing to do.

    And don't forget the internet. A quick search online located over three hundred jobs in New Jersey. Some of them were listed as summer work.

    "Don't be discouraged in you're hearing 'no'." says Kissel of Unitemp," Every 'no' you hear is hopefully putting you one step closer to the 'yes' that you do want to hear."

    So, for recent college grads, look on line and don't overlook career and temporary agencies.

    Click here to find New York area jobs and explore job resources on 7online.com.

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    Web produced by Ilene Rosen


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