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1. Start building a network

Networking will soon be the primary way for young people to find jobs; the cover letter and resumé will become secondary. Reach out to influencers at your school or online, attend networking mixers in your area, and set up brief informational meetings. A job offer won’t happen right away, but networking is the best way to get your name out there.

2. Be Googleable

With every application sent, employers are on the other end doing a quick Google search of your name. As part of Gen Y, use the online world to your advantage! Create a LinkedIn account, contribute to a blog, or even create an online portfolio—don’t forget to share these accounts in your job applications.

3. Clean up online

It is time to bid farewell to the collegiate version of yourself. Do a quick scan of your social media accounts, hiding any photos or posts you wouldn’t want potential employers to see. Ultimately, employers want individuals who will tastefully represent their companies.

4. Extracurriculars are key

Particularly as a student, it’s important to find ways to leverage the short list of experience on your resumé. Whether it’s through volunteer work or organizing a sports team, find ways to get involved in the community. Even if it is unrelated to your desired industry, extracurricular activities are always a plus!

5. Use niche job boards

Be strategic with your online search. There’s an abundance of job boards around the web and it’s overwhelming if you’re not looking in the right place. Use student- and new grad-focused job boards—like—to find positions that cater to your demographic.

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