Ideas for Unemployed College Graduates

Finding a job right out of college can be a really difficult thing to right now, so use the following tips to help improve your chances.

Use a Temp Service

You may not be able to find permanent employment, but you can still get a job opportunity with a company through a temporary service. Temp services are great for helping new employees get their foot in the door. Many companies now promote their new job openings solely through temp services. This gives them the opportunity to try an employee out for a month or two before hiring them. Some employees find themselves being offered full time employment when their temp contract is up.

I actually used a temp service to find weekend jobs right before I started college. The most interesting job was being a hypnotist’s assistant. He “hypnotized” the audience into following their dreams for weight loss. At the end of the session, they could buy vitamin supplements from me on their way out. It was an interesting two weekends.

Go Back to School

If you find that a bachelor’s degree is not enough to open the doors of employment, then you may want to go back to school for an advanced degree. The best time for some people to get a graduate degree is right after completing an undergraduate degree. Going back to school for two extra years could lead to a larger starting salary and allow you to qualify for a job that you would not otherwise be eligible for.

My husband decided that teaching was not as great as he thought it would be after 3 years and pursued a master’s degree to become a school librarian instead. It has worked out very well for him so far.

Start your Own Company

Many people argue that the best time to start an entrepreneurial endeavor is while you are still young. New college graduates can usually afford to take the risks of starting their own business since they are often not weighed down with the financial obligations that they may obtain down the road. Starting your own business can be as easy as reselling a product on Ebay, starting a petsitting business, or even building up a successful blog.

Network with Others

The key to getting a job is getting a recommendation from an inside source at the employer. I’d highly suggest networking with every friend, teacher, colleague, and family member possible to land a position. Social media sites like LinkedIn can also be helpful for finding someone to vouch for you so you can land a job in your field.

I received all of my part-time jobs in college by being referred by people I knew. I was even pointed towards my day job out of college by my husband who had been an intern there during one of his summer breaks.

What other ideas can you suggest for unemployed young adults right out of college?

Edwin C

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10 thoughts on “Ideas for Unemployed College Graduates

  • July 20, 2011 at 11:01 am
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    Also I suggest volunteering. This could build experience possibly lead to a job opportunity.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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    Look for an internship (even unpaid) in your field. It’s much easier to get a job with some experience under your belt.

    If you were close with a professor in college whose research is relevant to your field see if you can get involved and help them for additional experience.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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    I feel like I’ve said this many times, but I really like Charlie Hoehn’s idea of doing free work. Charlie was an unemployed grad himself for a while until he got moving and started doing free work since he really had nothing to lose. I wrote a blog post on this last week, and I think it’s great for grads who are looking to do something they really care about.

    I wouldn’t recommend going to grad school if the only reason you want to go is because you’re unemployed. For a lot of recent grads, this will lead to a lot more loan debt, which is the last thing they need. Even though I went straight through to get a master’s degree, I think there’s a lot of be said for getting a job and seeing what you like before going for another degree.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm
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    Unpaid internships and volunteering are two awesome ideas that help network and keep you busy! Great points!

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  • July 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm
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    New graduates need to be flexible and not picky. My husband’s company is hiring but many people do not want to go into healthcare IT. However, having a paycheck is better than not having a paycheck. Besides, if you are young, you can put your resume out there and can change careers easily.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm
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    Take advantage of paid and unpaid internships. Make your own unpaid internship. Volunteer in some related field and join professional associations.

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  • July 21, 2011 at 11:36 am
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    Super Frugalette is right, too many people are picky about what job they get. If you are unemployed you need income, any way you can get it. Find something and go from there.

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  • July 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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    Yeah, picky people will stay unemployed longer than most…

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  • July 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm
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    Yeah, picky people stay unemployed…

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  • August 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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    Internships are also a great way to get your foot in the door! I got my first job out of college thanks to an 8-month internship that I did after I graduated. The first 3 months were unpaid; the last 5 months, they started paying me.

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