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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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For some college students, an educational major is more of a choice stemming from one’s personal passion and interest rather than what might be most practical for a traditional post-education career. This can certainly be said for the bold, brave, and visionary individuals who go into art education to expand their knowledge. Related: 6 Ways Recent Graduates Can Stand Out As Professionals And there certainly are career opportunities for those skilled in providing new perspectives. Those with creative vision can make extraordinary artists, authors, and inventors—but when that vision is applied recklessly or without focus, graduates can be burned by hiring managers like a fledgling Icarus flying too close to the sun. Art majors may not have as surefire of an employment rate as other fields. In fact, photographic art, fine arts, and graphic design all appear in Forbes’ “The 10 Worst College Majors” list due to higher unemployment levels than more traditional business-oriented degrees. However, bearing in mind the following food for thought can help you reach your professional aspirations. While statistics can be grim, the fact is that individuals with passion and an original vision are always in high demand in today’s workforce. So, before taking the college plunge, how do you find your footing in a real world career with an art degree in hand?

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Although recent graduates haven’t been leaving their colleges and universities with optimistic predictions about finding the jobs of their dreams, the current situation on the job market looks promising. According to the latest estimations, 90% of the graduates of class of 2008-09 (which finished their studies at the onset of the crisis) have been employed. Related: 6 Job Search Tips For New Graduates The largest graduate employers are assured that recruitment opportunities for graduates are improving with a steady pace. The chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, Stephen Isherwood, recognizes that the market is still tough, but many employers are willing to invest in graduate talent.

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There’s a reason why good business grad schools are putting more dollars and resources into their career centers these days. It’s because job hunting is complicated, especially for those who are entering a new field as newly graduated professionals. Related: 11 Job Search Commandments For College Grads Take a look at these common job hunting mistakes, and you’ll already be a step ahead of the competition…

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It’s time to grow up. That’s what they tell everyone after college. It’s time to get a job and be a productive member of society. Nearly everyone in the professional world has some kind of a social media account. This is something you can use to your advantage as a fresh college graduate. Who would have thought that all that time you spent managing your MySpace would turn into practice for finding the right career? Being savvy of the trends in social media is one of the distinct advantages that millennial has over the older members of the job seeking community. Social media can play a key role in helping you establish your professional brand as well as create numerous opportunities that might otherwise not have been made available. I’ve outlined a few ways you can use social media to network after college below:

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