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How college grads can snag a job quickly after graduation

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It's that time of year when many college seniors are preparing to throw their cap and gown in the air for graduation.

But will the job market be ready for them? Currently the unemployment rate sits at 7.5 percent, and the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is nearly 9 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute. That's three points higher than prior than the recession.

Brandon Cain is ready to graduate, and says he's being proactive in his next step in life - full time work.

"I know that there are thousands of other recent grads that are going to be looking still and graduates that are going in May too, so I decided to get ahead of the ball," he said.

While he's still looking for a full time offer, he's had some success.

"I've had interviews, and I've had some leads that are going to catch up with me after graduation because they wanted to make sure that I would be a graduate," he said.

Kristen Liesen with QU's career services works with students on the career path they want to take. She recommends they start thinking about landing a job early in their final semester, because statistics show nationally that nine percent of graduates leave school without a job.

"They need to have their resume completed in January, and they really need to start their search in February. I usually tell the students if you start a search in February, by graduation you should have a job," she said.

Statistics are strong at QU, Where nearly ninety percent of graduates find a job within six months of graduation. Liesen says those that don't can often find a foot in the door through an internship or part time work, but she says they should always pay attention to detail. "Go back to the basics. Is my resume perfect? Go back to the interview skills. What key things are we maybe not communicating with that employer that they're not getting the picture that you would be the perfect candidate? And then I think - reuse your network," she said.

Cain feels confident something will work out.

"it's just a matter of the job leads that I have coming back and contacting me afterwards."

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