I was walking to my Commencement Ceremony with two of my pals from college. It was a May morning wearing the disguise of a mid-August afternoon – uncomfortably humid and the sun was merciless. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed On the way to campus, an older woman stopped us in our tracks. “Congratulations,” she began with a smile beaming at us like the hot sun “you guys should be so proud of yourselves.” Graduation is a big deal. It is the culmination of your career as a student and the beginning of the rest of your life. Taking that step is something worthy of congratulations, yet I didn’t feel like being congratulated. Maybe it was because all my classmates and I kept hearing about for weeks leading up to graduation was how hard it was going to be for us to find full-time work so we could pay off our loans so that we could finally begin our lives. Or maybe it was because we were about to be handed a ton of responsibility, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Graduation is not to be a scary day, but it is quickly becoming one. For some, jobs were already lined up or maybe interviews were on the horizon. But, for many, the only certainty was that loans were going to start kicking in very soon. Finding a job in this day and age is a whole new animal compared to what it was like even five years ago. Most likely, you’re going to spend hours on your computer, scouring the likes of Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder. How do you go about getting an interview in this seemingly hopeless situation? Well, there are a few tips for those trying to sort through these murky waters.
Michael Leboff is a 23-year-old Freelancer from Long Island. His memoirs, Unpaid, based on his internship behind the scenes in the NHL is due out in the near future.