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Tips for new grads on how to shape up your job search

The job market for new college grads is tough. Everybody knows that, or should know, especially the graduates. But not enough new job seekers may know how to land a job in this challenging environment.

“It’s more and more about networking and who you know,” said Diane Pfadenhauer, the president of Employment Practices Advisors, a Northport consulting firm. “The days of blindly applying for a job on a career board are probably over.”

And she said, “HR people say all the time that they are just inundated.....More and more say they are using technology to actually weed out applicants. There is nothing worse than getting weeded out by a computer.”

The staffing company Robert Half has just released some suggestions to help new job seekers strike the right tone:

-Put on your best face at all times: Don’t post anything on Facebook or Twitter that would appear unprofessional to a hiring manager or recruiter. Use privacy settings when posting personal information.

-Think big: Spread the word about your job hunt to everyone you know. Take advantage of professional networking websites such as LinkedIn, and work with staffing firms that specialize in your field.

-Do it now: Start looking for work as soon as possible. Also, spend your time wisely during the search. By seeking out training, temporary work or volunteer positions during the down time, you show initiative, a quality that will impress employers.

-Customize: Tailor each resume and cover letter to the particular job opening, and obtain the name of the hiring manager so you can personalize your cover letter.

-Sweat the small stuff: Make sure your resume and cover letter, and any additional communications during the job search, are error-free.

-Make a good first impression: Keep voice-mail greetings clear, professional and succinct. Also avoid using off-color or overly cute e-mail addresses.

-Be bold and ask: If an interview has gone well, consider asking if you can assume the position on a trial basis. Cautious employers may be more inclined to hire you if they can test the waters beforehand.

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