In normal times, it's hard to find a job right after graduating from college. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the job search much more difficult for recent college grads. Fortunately, these five entry-level jobs are great options, and pay well, too.
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I love working with recent grads in their job search. After 12 years in school, they are experts at learning—which makes teaching them easier. They're like sponges. They learn and do. They have no bad job search habits, so teaching them is fun because I get to see their reaction when they get positive results for the first time.
1. I Will Not Compare Myself To My Friends<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjAzMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzE0Njg3MX0.zwq1wMHnhQ-EYlhisb6Uzk9B2dBV7Dk7x3USbNu0TOM/img.jpg?width=980" id="e61fe" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1ed0969043e72c892d38cb17b5e38b04" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young man at his first job out of college" /><p>No two graduates are the same. Each has <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/transferable-skills-job-seekers-need" target="_blank">different skills</a>, abilities, needs, and wants. Just because your friend gets a new job, doesn't mean he or she is better than you. Keep the blinders on and focus on your job search, not theirs.</p><p>Jealousy is a useless emotion that derails a job search. Besides, your friend might be able to help you get a job. It's in your best interest to be genuinely happy for them!</p>
2. I Will Not Take The Summer Off<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwODg4ODQ4MH0.8MitIavuefBecdIpEl6xIGYhezluI2tGekrd_wRdSTU/img.jpg?width=980" id="72b2c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a84efa6278eac03c4f083aacf3ae9d8a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young woman conducts a job search in the summer after college" /><p>Don't delay your job search. Employers see it as acting entitled and lazy. Get in gear—right now! Trust me, you aren't going to find a job in the next two weeks. And, job search isn't a full-time gig.</p><p>Carve out time every day to work on your job search and you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer. Before the temperature cools down, turn your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/keys-to-a-successful-job-search" target="_blank">job search success</a> up! It's about working smarter, not harder. </p>
3. I Will Not Spend Weeks Designing My Resume<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODc4MDIzOH0.HKZ9F5Mmf2v2XsZp16z3AETmPEMD7YyPr_IyqUKf-Zw/img.jpg?width=980" id="d999e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3182c641cdcc83a8abebd434b08d7164" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="College student stresses about writing his resume" /><p>Your resume isn't going to get you the job. Networking is.</p><p>Don't waste time trying to make your resume perfect. At this <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/stages-career-grief-lost-job" target="_blank">stage in your career</a>, there just isn't that much you can put on it to impress employers. The "wow" factor will come from you being smart, articulate, and engaging—which doesn't come through on paper. You have to meet people to make that happen.</p>
4. I Will Learn To Network...Fast!<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA1Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjY5OTA5M30.c1Af8qZDaPFpCraFtrQDFWocgF46wLbOZu8vFafdeVw/img.jpg?width=980" id="a4931" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d1ad262b004e2ab3475e46f08e9d7a8c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of interns networking" /><p>Networking is the most powerful way to get hired. Yet, most recent grads assume because they've never worked, they have no one to network with. Wrong!</p><p>People love helping recent grads. Learn to "<a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-prepare-informational-interview" target="_blank">informational interview</a>" and set up as many as you can. The sooner you learn to network, the sooner you get hired.</p>
5. I Will Not Expect Too Much Of My First Job<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA2NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTYwMDI2MH0.pKZcG7TzRmuX0YzNBQff_OQwwC0fTNdFpQ0L-xj2l24/img.jpg?width=980" id="d7fd2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="256ea49a54d0b9a52d560831c731e305" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad on her first day at a new job" /><p>Most recent college grads feel they're overqualified for many of the entry-level jobs posted. However, most employers feel you're not, and may even have unrealistic expectations for an entry-level position.</p><p>The hard reality is you don't have the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/quantify-work-experience-on-resume" target="_blank">work experience</a> for anything but entry-level jobs. The sooner you take an entry-level job and work at it for six months, the sooner you can start applying to the more exciting jobs that are currently out of your reach.</p>
6. I Will Remember That EVERY Job Is Temporary<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA3MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTYzOTMxM30.FOqw-ljoJM_Z20JW2HOMfrefNR6DhcZ_esT3lGfQWSQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="136f3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="368b245c3cbbde2958b85ef6b0ba3a6e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young man thinks about the job search after college" /><p>While the entry-level job you take will not be your dream job, that's okay because you won't be there very long. You'll either excel in the job and <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-position-yourself-for-a-promotion" target="_blank">get promoted</a> or get experience and be able to apply for a better job.</p><p>"Every job is temporary," is one of our mantras at Work It Daily, which is why you always have to improve and work on your career every day. Whether you're looking for your first job or just a new one, you need to keep that mindset. It will pay off, we promise.</p>
7. I Will Study Up On Workplace Professionalism As Much As I Can<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA3Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDQ4NzcxMH0.avIjd_OHZttk4ZslUB_OKPQGTAFenhbO3cxbFTrwpaA/img.jpg?width=980" id="10377" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c68e932139de90482cceca96c2849324" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad goes in for a job interview" /><p>The #1 complaint corporate America has about recent grads is their perceived lack of professionalism. Read up on attire, attitude, verbal <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/st/isat" target="_blank">communication style</a>, and so on. The more prepared you are, the better the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/make-a-great-first-impression" target="_blank">first impression</a> you'll make.</p>
8. I Will Be Very Careful In My Written Communication Style<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjkxNjgxMX0.c7rxL05pqnx9hswX7ksfONdEfCCRbKeb07EH1sTKroE/img.jpg?width=980" id="1586d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e0c0c634a8f092da90e8f51db0847779" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad applies for jobs online" /><p>The #2 complaint corporate America has about recent grads is their poor written communication skills. Spelling, grammar, and so on.</p><p>Be very careful when <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-write-a-cover-letter" target="_blank">writing cover letters</a>, emails, and any other written communication related to your job search. One typo can get you disqualified!</p>
9. I Will Expect Rejection (A Lot Of It)<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA0MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTU5MTY0N30.260gXFecJgadbkFfgpCQ2H2hF34BrUC17XX_RrqnOXI/img.jpg?width=980" id="7467a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9e8aab44c0c3ca5d353d6fcb6b743aeb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Recent college grad gets a job rejection" /><p>You'll apply to dozens of jobs and have as many as 10 interviews before getting an offer. There is a learning curve to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/college-grads-covid-19-job-search" target="_blank">getting hired</a>, and it happens with practice.</p><p>Expect to get passed over for jobs and learn to cope with the rejection. The sooner you can pick yourself up and get back to the job search, the sooner you'll get another interview and eventually an offer.</p>
10. I Will Become A “Professional" User Of Social Media<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA5MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTE3NTg4Nn0.etpJ9ONQfOGqtKaVzm9VXwYFUlYWsOoGZfD_5yLNVUo/img.jpg?width=980" id="c048f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e7a24bd1f7e174ddb26ee323ad9795b8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of college students on their phones looking at social media" /><p>For the last four years, social media has been used for your enjoyment. Now, it's time to use it for the job search.</p><p>Clean up the Facebook page, get yourself set up on LinkedIn, and study how people are using Twitter to meet hiring managers. Use <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/social-media-job-search-prep" target="_blank">social media to build an online presence</a> that when searched by a recruiter (and trust us, they will look you up online), what they'll find is a recent grad who's clearly ready to enter the workforce.</p><p>A strong social media presence can literally land you the job interview. Engage in best practices for social media to advance your career.</p>
11. I Will Not Brag About My New Job When I Finally Get It<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxMjA4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjcyMzE1Nn0.VEhg64yEqcXK-EEBbUBCM9vpF8_LEIecJhJGvIj8CRc/img.jpg?width=980" id="b0160" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="36a5b135ed4a5b5e3260dc199064f589" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young woman finds out she got a job after college" /><p>Getting your first job will be thrilling. I mean over-the-top incredible. That being said, refrain from posting the good news all over the internet and making it your first topic of conversation with friends. Why? Go back to commandment #1.</p><p>Remember: you'll be surrounded by people who haven't gotten their first job and will be jealous. Be the bigger person and keep a low profile on the new gig. Of course, if asked, you can share the good news, but do your best to redirect the conversation after that.</p><p>Show how humble you are. You just never know at some future date, that person could remember your gracious attitude and be willing to help you get your next job because of it. The friends you make now will be the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-grow-professional-network" target="_blank">colleagues you network with</a> in the future. Treat them kindly and it will pay off in the long run.</p>
I've had the privilege of chatting with a lot of students and recent grads (young professionals) on my book tour, and one of the questions I often get asked is: "How can I make myself stand out when a lot of other applicants have more education and professional experience?"
1. Request Informational Interviews<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUwNTA3NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTQ3NTU5NH0.a_i3PUNM6WHG8E3ij-sLWCtZbNreCK56T_nDHpMAkog/img.jpg?width=980" id="a7140" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3d991330dfcda84314332a74293d9de3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional requests an informational interview with a company" /><p>The best, and most strategic, way young professionals can stand out in a crowded job market is to request informational interviews with leaders in your target companies BEFORE they post jobs you want to apply for. Fortunately for you, it's much easier to be granted an informational interview when you play the "I'm a recent graduate" card.</p><p>During your informational interview, make sure to ask questions that show you really understand the company, its culture, and be clear on how you can provide the kind of results they're looking for. This will give you an inside connection when a job does emerge.</p><p>Don't forget to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/what-to-say-when-connecting-on-linkedin" target="_blank">connect with those you meet at these companies on LinkedIn</a>!</p>
2. Position Yourself As An Emerging Leader<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUwNTEwMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNjc4ODAyMH0.U2z6hg6XMugsYQpz9R641I6WrrlMvOur3XOK7nw4aRI/img.jpg?width=980" id="523c2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9fb0aa986bfb159d52c3b7466f223fdf" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young leader smiles at the camera" /><p>Young professionals can position themselves as emerging leaders in their field by creating a content-rich blog and strong <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/social-media-job-search-prep" target="_blank">social media</a> presence.</p><p>Connect with leaders in your field by citing their work and interviewing them in your posts. As relationships develop, make yourself irresistibly attractive by asking them how you can help them. And when they most likely ask you the same question, don't be afraid to let them know who and what you are looking to connect to.</p>
3. Hone In On Your Greatest Strengths<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUwNTExMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNTA0OTI4MX0.QC4KE2BdQZYU075c5xhqHTYpUm6yoxSWBUMYVFxhaP8/img.jpg?width=980" id="4c5e7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e274bd54cdcf3766d0e907d703705484" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of young professionals work together using their different strengths" /><p>When it comes time for you to apply for a job, hone in on your two to three greatest strengths and link them to the primary responsibilities and expectations of your prospective position.</p><p>In the event you <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/get-resume-past-ats" target="_blank">get your resume past the ATS</a> and land an interview with the company, watch the tendency to have lengthy answers to questions about weaknesses. Remember, it's your strengths you want to emphasize and have a prospective employer walk away remembering! No need to over-explain what you're working on improving about yourself as a young professional. </p>
4. Show You're A Sponge<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUwNTExOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDk3Nzc0M30.OYv33FdMLZ1Fm5qn5vGS-K9BLdpVw2-oZdslms0uye0/img.jpg?width=980" id="98dea" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3d103d533e4aefb2141af627b99346a8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional learns something new at work" /><p>Most importantly, show you're a sponge. In your networking, <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/writing-disruptive-cover-letter" target="_blank">cover letters</a>/resumes, and interviews, display your commitment to absorbing new information quickly, your desire to learn and grow in your role, and always be able to cite examples of how you have done this in the past.</p><p>Use the Experience + Learn = Grow framework in the interview process, and you'll be sure to impress employers and stand out from the competition. </p>
Finding a job after college can be tough!
There's stiff competition, and sometime student are at the mercy of the economy that they graduate into. Many college grads often take minimum wage jobs or jobs that they're overqualified for in order to make ends meet.
Be Thoughtful About Your Career Path<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bf2c5129b0f62d2c770ec1e02156ffb4"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1DVM2Xbx5Ks?start=5&rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Do you know what the career options are for your degree? How competitive is the industry? What's the average salary for the type of role you're pursuing?</p><p><strong>These are not questions you should be seeking to answer after graduation. </strong>These are all questions that should've been asked prior to declaring a major. </p><p>Research...Research...Research!</p><p>Knowing what you might be in for after graduation can help you with planning. You could meet with your adviser well in advance of graduation and look at potential internships and identify potential companies to work for, allowing you a head start on your networking efforts.</p><p>If you failed to prepare like this prior to graduation,<strong> you're not doomed </strong>but you did put yourself at an initial disadvantage.</p>
What If You're Unsure About Your Career Path?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTkzMjg1Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5OTI0Mzc1MX0.aFXT6toqh7FF6b25Ctw79l-xnW8ahYc7Cr3OhdeGxg0/img.jpg?width=980" id="889bb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="78cde747ba134abb9e299c6467531471" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two students look over each others' career materials." /><p>Even after college, some people are unsure about what they want to do for a career. If you find yourself in this situation, don't panic.<br></p><p>You need to do an honest assessment of yourself and determine the valuable skills that you possess. Most importantly, ask yourself "what are some of the things I love doing?"</p><p>Work It Daily also has resources that can assist you in your search. <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/st/quiz" target="_self">Our FREE Career Decoder Quiz will help you determine your professional persona.</a></p><p><strong>Knowing your professional persona will help you understand the skills you have that bring value to the job and that you find professionally and personally fulfilling.</strong></p><p><strong>In addition, whether you're a graduate or still a student, don't limit your opportunities to learn new skills.</strong></p><p>Chances are you have interests outside of your course of study, you should be open to pursuing those interests. It could be that you're a health/science major with an interest in computers. Why not take some computer courses?</p><p>Interested in learning a trade? Electricians, plumbers, contractors, and auto mechanics are all in demand. </p><p>If you're still in school, you have an opportunity to take additional courses or decide on a double major or minor.</p><p>Options may be a bit more limited for recent grads but there are always <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/benefits-of-online-career-courses" target="_blank">online courses, certification programs</a>, or specialty course programs available. <strong>As long as you have a hunger for more knowledge, you should never stop wanting to learn. The more skills you have, the more career options are available to you. Options are important during the job search for recent grads.</strong></p>
Educate Yourself About The Job Search Process<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ1NzExMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1OTA0MTY0Mn0._BhlWfUapgLG1MsaJIGEEnCUMNmfkrMsIDfrM_gq3fk/img.jpg?width=980" id="52f77" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="72499542cb4c603fb3adbfb6726ba2a8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A college student goes over her job search checklist." /><p><a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/what-college-doesnt-teach-you-job-search" target="_blank">School can't prepare you for everything</a>, and most of the lessons people learn from the job search process come from real-world experience. However, there are some things you can do to prepare.</p><p>First, research as many potential jobs as you can before graduation and identify some potential companies that you would like to work for. Second, prepare multiple resumes tailored for the specific positions for which you're applying.</p><p>A recruiter needs to see within the first six seconds of reading the resume the skills that you have that can apply to the position. You should also prepare a "disruptive" cover letter where you really bring attention to yourself by telling a story about how you connect with the company.</p><p>The last thing that you need to do is to reach out and network. It's not enough to send out a resume and cover letter and just hope that you'll be contacted. Reach out to people in the company through LinkedIn and introduce yourself. <strong>Use the fact that you're a graduating student seeking knowledge to your advantage. There are professionals who enjoy the opportunity to mentor.</strong></p><p>Even if these new connections don't translate into an immediate job, you've made you first professional contacts, which could come in handy at some other point in time. Knowing how to do a proactive job search will serve you well throughout your professional life.</p>
Remember, There's Nothing Wrong With Changing Career Paths<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ1NzExNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTA2NzkxNH0.uBBpAbm9SUwIyMzsoIb582-DqPvJomPF-SkapiuW4sI/img.jpg?width=980" id="979fb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="be3eb569661d32485fe217841c34d435" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="College student considers her career options." /><p>Sometimes you find happiness and success in a career field that you didn't go to school for. <strong>That's OK, life happens!</strong></p><p>For new grads the goal is usually to find work in your field of study and it's great when things work out that way. But as the job search process goes on you may fall into a job that you weren't planning to and end up liking it. If the job makes you happy and there's room for growth, there's nothing wrong with keeping it. It's a personal decision.</p><p>This will be true throughout your professional life. You may end up working in your field but as time goes on priorities and life circumstances change. You may develop new skills that draw you into a new career direction.The goal is to always put yourself in a position to succeed and sometimes that means making a change.</p><p><br></p><p>Preparation and keeping an open mind are the two common themes when it comes to the job search for recent grads. There are no guarantees to new graduates, so you have to be ready for anything. Hopefully, by knowing what to expect, you'll know how to land a job after college and can land a job that matches your talent.<br></p><p><strong>Need some help with the job search? You have options!</strong></p><p>First, check out Work It Daily's FREE <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/workitdaily-job-search-checklist/" target="_blank">Disruptive Job Search Checklist</a>.</p><p>Second, give yourself an edge with some career coaching by <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">joining Work It Daily.</a></p>
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