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How to Find a Job as a Recent College Graduate

by | Jan 18, 2021 | Business, Productivity

First things first, congratulations on graduating and an extra congratulations on graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic! While the climate feels dull for job opportunities, we strive to be your go-to resource for jobs. This article in particular will advise you on where to find places to find entry-level jobs, the obstacles you might face, and how to overcome those obstacles successfully.

5 of the Best Job Search Places to Find Entry-Level Jobs

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1. USA Jobs

This resource is a job platform for federal government jobs. The federal government employs over 2,097,881 people at a time. You can make a profile and upload your resume, making it searchable for recruiters on the platform. 

2. After College

After College is intended for job applications from post-grad college students. The platform features to browse jobs by majors or by location. But, they also offer many resources to assist in the job search. 

3. College Recruiter

College Recruiter, “believes every student and recent grad deserves a great career.” They abide by this mission by offering a resume builder and a multitude of job postings for entry-level positions. They are sorted by jobs in growing industries like, popular majors, and desirable locations in the United States such as New York and Los Angeles. 

4. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most important website to utilize as a job seeker. 

You should have built a LinkedIn in college, but it is not too late LinkedIn only becomes more helpful for new graduates. This is due to the fact that 87 percent of recruiters use it to fill job openings.

Even if LinkedIn does not directly get you a job, it can indirectly get you one if your LinkedIn goes more in-depth than your resume and cover letter. 

This should be a place to showcase your communication skills with networking, but an important thing on LinkedIn is to be direct with what you want out of the service. Place your intentions either in the header or in the “About” section. 

Keep in mind your search engine optimization within the platform. Highlight your experiences, putting thought into the words that you utilize, and what people in your desired career path would be searching on the platform. 

While LinkedIn serves the purpose of networking and branding yourself professionally, it also has job postings. Consider using their job alerts for jobs in your field and related fields. Utilize the filtering options and filter by “entry-level” jobs for the best jobs for recent college grads.

5. Scholars

Scholars is the largest hub of career information for recent grads. Use the site to browse companies, view jobs, and read articles (just like you are doing now). 

The Internship Show is great to browse for companies that you are interested in. The guests are from those companies who give exclusive information on their jobs. 

Along with exclusive information from the podcast, the articles allow you to gain in-depth information on specific topics and companies. 

If you’re interested in the 5 best jobs for recent college graduates, take a look at the article that covers them. 

Obstacles for College Grads

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Right now, there are countless obstacles that college grads are facing. The state of the job market is poor. There are no in-person career fairs for seniors. Networking events that are in person do not exist anymore. 

There are 10.7 million people currently unemployed, making the unemployment rate 6.7 percent. Some industries are being impacted harder than others. Areas that are seeing job losses are leisure, hospitality, healthcare, and private education. 

But, there is hope with growth in employment opportunities being in professional and business services, retail trade, and construction. 

While new grads understand how grim things are, there still are ways to overcome these obstacles and to remain resilient.

How to Overcome Those Obstacles

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Networking in your industry 

Networking remotely is a different situation. Search for networking opportunities within your industry. A great place to start is joining industry-specific groups. Examples of those are:

Consider a Career Coach

There comes a time when you may consider a career coach. Before paying for a career coach, check with your university if they offer career services to alumni. 

The Harvard Business Review gave great advice on what to do when considering one. First, understand when to reach out to one. Investigate who would be the best fit for you and ask for recommendations from the people you know. Then, identify what you want to learn from them. Last, give them a test drive by looking through their digital, free services that they may offer through the format of a blog, LinkedIn, or other social media platform. 


You might want to look for freelance jobs that are applicable to your work experience to supplement your search for a full-time job. This will assist you in gaining experience and a bit of money. Two great services that have reliable freelance work are Fiverr and UpWork.

Other options to sustain yourself through the period might be holding a part-time job while on the job search. 

Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Advice from Scholars

Resume Advice

Scholars has information on the basics of what should be included in a resume within the “What to Include on Your Resume for an Internship” blog. Then there are tips on how to perfect that resume in our “#1 Tip For Creating a Great Resume” video . 

Also, if you are looking for specific information on industries, we go in depth on topics like writing resumes on the blog.

Cover Letter Advice

Are you stumped writing your cover letter? We have a blog post that goes in depth on skills that employers are looking for when they are hiring new employees. Highlight those skills within your cover letter to have a better chance of getting hired.

Interview Advice

If you’re looking for a complete list of common interview questions, the blog has a lot of good further information and advice.
If you are in a specific industry, there are blogs that go in-depth on how different industries have different interview processes.

About Scholars

Scholars helps companies build engaging candidate experiences at scale. Create personalized journeys for all of your candidates from application through onboarding.

About Scholars

Internships and early-career jobs are unlike any others. They are often accepted months, if not years, in advance of the start date leaving plenty of time for candidates to change their minds and decide to work elsewhere, costing your team time and money.

There are two ways that have been proven to decrease renege rates for any company: keeping candidates engaged by sharing personalized information and helping them make connections with their future teammates. Companies use Scholars to accomplish both of these at scale.