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The Best Time To Look For A Job After College

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Congratulations on graduating from college! Now it’s time for the hard part: finding a job. After years of all-nighters, Scranton tests, and term papers, it’s time to hang up your backpack and pick up your briefcase. But when’s the best time to look for a job after college? When should you start looking for a job?

The short answer is: immediately.

Unfortunately, that might not be what you want to hear (or, in this case, read). You might be tempted to take the summer off and enjoy your “last summer” before officially entering the “real world.” And hey, I don’t blame you. However, this probably isn’t the best thing for you to do right now. Hate to break it to you.

“The truth is, employers want to see hustle,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. “They want to see drive, they want to see eagerness.”

What they DON’T want to see, according to O’Donnell, is someone who sits back and waits for opportunities to come. Great employers are looking for grads who are proactive and take initiative.

The competition is tough during graduation season, it’s true. Everyone is getting out and looking for work, so it can be hard to stand out. But you need to get started as soon as possible in order to get ahead of the game.

“The sooner you get out there, the sooner you can prove to employers that YOU are the one to hire,” said O’Donnell.

Plus, even if you start now, it could take months to find a job after college. So, don’t put it off – otherwise, you might set yourself up for an extra long stay at your parents house while you look for a job…

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.