How college graduates can go about exploring the job market.

Every graduate goes through the whole process of finding the right job. Even for the most active candidates, networking is their primary means of finding jobs. It is believed that job search networking is one of the most successful ways to find a new job. Networking is often elaborate and transactional, making it awkward for people who want to make professional connections. New graduates, especially those who are anxious to find a job, desperately need and want help, but don't want people to feel like they merely want something from them but research shows that many working adults have a strong inclination to help young people jump-start their careers.

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go. You’re networking when you strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line, introduce yourself to people you meet at events and functions, meet a friend of a friend, catch up with a former co-worker, or stop to chat with your neighbor. Everyone you meet can help you move your job search forward. Networking starts with getting the most of your existing contacts and then branching out by attending networking events and never miss a chance of meeting new people.

When trying to find how to get into the right circles, its best to start closer to home. Talk to your family and friends. Find out who they know who is in the industry, and ask if they can introduce you to them. Try to build a relationship with them and once they feel confident enough in their relationship with you, they'll be happy to introduce you to the right people in the right circle.

If you make a good impression during networking events, at the end of the event, they are more likely to remember you. So don't leave the event early if there is someone, in particular, you wish to speak to you must stay until the end and seize your moment.

As the unemployment rate is persistently lower and earnings are persistently higher for those with a college degree than for those without one but that still doesn't make finding a job easy. With all this in mind, today’s graduates can look forward to entering the job market as your professional network is your ticket to finding your next job.

July 9 at 9:30 am

by Ahana Machaiah