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Job searching is no doubt hard work.  But CBcampus.com’s technology can make it a little easier.  Here are a few things you can do to lighten your load:

Post your resume online.

When you post your resume, it can be searched by thousands of potential employers, who can reach out to you and call you for an interview.

Sign up for job alerts.

You can actually get the latest job postings delivered directly to your inbox.  Enter in some keywords, up to three job categories, up to three locations, and you can even choose how often you want your job alerts delivered.

Get job recommendations

Enter your skills and job titles you’re interested in, or post a resume, and CBcampus.com will recommend positions based on your interests and qualifications.

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It was senior year of college, and I was in the car with some friends driving home from a night class. My cell phone rang, and I didn’t recognize the number.  I answered it anyway, and when the person on the other end identified himself, I politely told him I was on the Do Not Call Registry and started to hang up.

Except it wasn’t a telemarketer… it was an employer calling to do a phone interview.  Oops – served me right for not keeping track of where I was sending my resume. 

You can’t always plan your phone interviews, so here are some tips on how to deal:

1.  Have your resume next to the phone.   Make sure it’s the same copy that you sent the employer.  That way you can have a reference handy and avoid looking unsure of your work history if you get nervous.

2.  Prepare answers to common questions.   Hiring managers almost always ask some variation of “Why do you want to work for our company?” or “Why should I hire you?”  Prepare answers to these questions in advance, picking out relevant points in your resume to highlight. 

3.  Research the company.   Here’s where I made my mistake.  Know which companies you are applying to, and know something about each company.  Use the Internet or make a few phone calls to learn about their product or mission, and jot a few notes. 

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Calling career fairs intimidating would be an understatement.  There you are, schmoozing with and trying to make an impression on complete strangers (who have the power to get you a job).  Meanwhile, hundreds of students in their most professional suits are trying to outshine you for the same positions.  The whole experience can be terrifying.

Being prepared can make a big difference at a career fair, and really set you apart from the competition.  Here are a few tips to get started:

1.  Do some research.  Your career center will probably have a list of employers who will be attending the job fair, and maybe a list of positions at the company.  Take some time before the event to plan out a list of employers you’d like to talk to, and visit those companies’ Web sites.

2.  Deliver your key messages quickly.  Interviewers are very busy, so don’t waste their time. Work on a "sound bite" that says what your skills are, the type of work that interests you and the kind of company with which you want to associate.

3.  Dress appropriately.  This is your first contact with these employers – so dress like you would for an interview.

Want more tips?  Read this CareerBuilder article.

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After graduation, my friends and I dispersed across the United States.  A few moved to Chicago.  Others went to New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

According to an article on CNN.com this week, my friend’s situation is the norm among new college grads.  College grads tend to flock to big cities in search of better jobs, more culture and a more exciting lifestyle.

Seattle, Wash., was the best-educated city in 2004 with just over half the adults having bachelor’s degrees.  San Francisco; Raleigh, N.C.; Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas were close behind.

More college grads in a city is good for the city’s economy, too.  Cities like Detroit and Newark, N.J. have low percentages of college graduates, and have trouble rebounding from the decline in manufacturing.

Want a job in a big city? Start searching now.

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The school year may be drawing to a close, but don’t assume it’s too late to find a great summer internship.  Many businesses and nonprofits continue to hire well into the summer as the needs for interns arise.  All you need is a little creativity and drive to get started.  Here’s a seven-step action plan:

Step 1: Talk with your professors and guidance counselors. Ask them directly about any opportunities they know about in your field and for their help in putting you in touch with people who may be able to help you land a summer internship.

Step 2: Surf the ‘net. Log on to an Internet job search site such as CBcampus.com.

Step 3: Use your network of friends, family members and neighbors.  Let them know you are looking for a summer internship, and ask them if they know of any openings or have a contact in your field of interest.

Step 4: Reach out to your circle of friends. If necessary, expand your network to other people you know in your community such as church members, teammates, former employers and fellow volunteers.

Step 5: Find a personal connection within the company you’d like to work for. Use this connection by calling him or her directly, identify yourself as a student of his or her alma mater and communicate your desire for an internship at the company.

Step 6: Look into nonprofits for opportunities.  Because staffing is often tight and budgets are even tighter, nonprofit organizations are eager to find student interns with a desire to head up projects or put their knowledge to work on a variety of high impact and meaningful tasks.

Step 7: Contact small businesses in your area and propose a possible internship.

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Seventy percent of hiring managers say they plan to recruit recent college graduates this year, up from 62 percent in 2005, according to a survey released last week by CareerBuilder.com.
Nearly one-in-five hiring managers expect to hire more new grads than they did last year, and one-in-four plan to increase starting salaries.

This year’s salary breakdown:

·        34 percent plan to offer between $20,000 and $30,000

·        28 percent plan to offer between $30,000 and $40,000

·        10 percent plan to offer $40,000 to $50,000

·        7 percent will offer more than $50,000

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Looking to move to an entirely new city after graduation?  Consider skipping the standbys (New York, LA, DC, Chicago) and heading to the Sunshine State.  For the second year in a row, Florida metropolitan areas dominate the Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Index, a measurement of where jobs are being created in America.

The index ranks U.S. metros based on their ability to create and sustain jobs.  It includes both long-term (five years) and short-term (one year) measurements of job, wage and salary, and technology growth.

Big-Cities’ Rankings:
The top 10 performers of the 200 largest metros:

1. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
2. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
3. Naples-Marco Island, Fla.
4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
5. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.
6. Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla.
7. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va-Md.-W. Va.
8. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.-Mo.
9. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
10. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Ca.

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