Job advice for new graduates

May 10, 2010 4:09:18 PM PDT
Get job-seeking advice for the recent college graduates in your life.

Have your kids just graduated into a recession? The outlook isn't as bleak as you might think!

According to Yahoo! HotJobs, the industries with the most jobs available in the Bay Area are:

  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Engineering
  • Sales
  • Accounting/ finance
According to Yahoo! HotJobs, companies with the most openings in the Bay Area include:
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Yahoo!, Inc.
  • Sutter Health
  • AT&T
  • Macy's
Some questions to keep in mind when job seeking:
  • What did the current BLS report for April tell us?

  • The current BLS report indicates that the labor market is continuing its slow and steady improvement-and that job seekers are beginning to feel hopeful (that's why although jobs were created, the unemployment rate went up).

  • What does this mean for recent graduates? Job availability and salary?

  • The job market is kind of weak for new grads right now, but Charles can discuss what degrees are highest-earning, and which are lowest-earning. What it means for new grads is that they need to take a long view of their career (and utilize "stepping-stone" jobs, as well as pursue their own, non-job-related projects as "resum? builders").

  • What are the current best jobs/industries in the Bay Area?
Mistakes graduates can avoid:
  • Misusing the internet & relying solely on the Internet

  • Appearing unprofessional and not taking the job interview seriously

  • Setting expectations too high (that is, not taking a long view of the career)

  • Failing to follow up

For more information, go to hotjobs.yahoo.com


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