Tips for College Graduates

College graduation is only a little more than a month away.  If you are among the batch of this year’s graduates, you are probably feeling pressure to find a job and start paying off those student loans.
The economy and job market may not be in your advantage, but these tips can help you get a step up against your colleagues.

  • Check out online job boards.  Employers post positions online for a reason–they want you to see it.  You should apply to these jobs quickly, however, as some employers may forget to remove postings.
  • Talk to your professors and keep in contact with them after graduating.  Professors often have many connections throughout the the academic and surrounding community.  Ask them to let you know if they hear of a job opening for which you are qualified.
  • Make your social media outlets work for you.  Follow online job boards on Twitter (Monster.com, etc), connect with your classmates, professors, and former employers on Linkedin, and make sure your Facebook profile is appropriate.  Updating and staying aware of your social media accounts can help you be aware of job openings.
  • Be willing to move.  Different jobs are available in different areas of the country, so depending on your major, you may need to move to find a job.  Think of it as an opportunity to start a new chapter in your life in a different environment.
  • Always make sure you are protected.  Graduating college can mean getting kicked off of your parents’ insurance plans, so making sure you have your own Wisconsin health insurance, auto insurance, or other insurance policy is a good idea.  Don’t worry–our agents are here to help you create a customized plan that is within your budget.

-Sam

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