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Five things new grads can do for their careers

You did it. You graduated.  Now, you’re ready to take that running leap into the “real world” and get started with the career you’ve been working toward your entire life.

But landing a job right out of college is going to require some serious elbow grease and legwork on your end. Boost your professional reputation and increase your chances of landing a job as soon as possible.

1. Clean up your social media profiles

Go through all of your existing social media accounts and remove any posts or photos that could be even remotely incriminating or offensive. Here’s some social media advice for you to live by: If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see it, you probably shouldn’t post it.

2. Dust off your resume and LinkedIn profile

Next, it’s time to polish up the materials specifically related to your career. Start with your resume. Ensure that all of the information is current and that it’s completely free of any typos or errors. Also, identify any areas where it could be improved. Next, turn your attention to your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your profile picture is professional and clearly shows your face, then double-check that your education information and previous job descriptions are updated.

3. Schedule informational interviews

With informational interviews, the ball is in your court. Reach out to a few professionals that you admire via email or LinkedIn to see if you could get together for a cup of coffee. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, as well as learn more about a particular company or industry you’re interested in.

4. Network, network, network

Meeting new contacts is your chance to get connected with people who could benefit your job search. Volunteer with a local shelter. Attend a community networking event. Join a professional association or organization. Put yourself out there and make an effort to expand your group of connections.

5. Know your career goals

Take the time to sit down and outline your short-term and long-term career goals, and then base your job search decision on those. It’ll help you to ensure your first job is a step in the right direction.

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