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College Grads - This Ain't Your Father's Job Market

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"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain

What's that sound you hear? Ah yes, the sound of the seconds ticking by on the "graduation clock". And we all know how it goes down. Your father has been asking you for a year now (and, just to be clear, that is a year before you graduate) - "Have you started looking for a job yet?"

But worse than that, you are getting all of this advice from the Old Man as well. And how old is your father? Probably late 40's or early 50's at best. What does he know about looking for a job in the 21st century?

Well he may not know how to use Twitter and he (hopefully) doesn't have a Facebook account, but believe it or not, the basic job search tools have not changed.

Yeah sure, the Internet was not a tool your father used for job hunting when he was your age (did they even have electricity back then?), but the process has not changed.

One of the best places to start your search is on the College Career page of employers, and that is what is covered in this post.

  • Internal Revenue Service - The IRS has a great College Student / Recent Grad page as part of their Careers section. There are tabs at the top for About IRS, Working at IRS and Opportunities. Center page provides an overview with a Search & Apply box. There is a short video on the right hand side of the screen (Meet Our Employees). Below this are a broad range of resources, including "Fun Career Tools". There were 72 job opportunities when I checked the site.
  • General Electric – GE is involved in way too many businesses to list here. There are over 300,000 people in over 100 locations (according to the website) and they are world-renowned for their management training programs . Their "University Students" page has links on the left hand side for Job Search, Careers, Why GE and more. Center page are links to their Undergraduate Leadership Programs, Internship and Co-ops programs and much more. To the right of this there is a link for "Start Your Job Search". – there were 4,291 jobs opportunities when I checked the site.
  • Disney Professional Internships - So we all know what Disney does, and they have a broad range of programs for High School and College Grads. Their Internships are well known and respected. Their students page has a Disney company overview followed by a listing of internship fields. Click the "Apply Now" button on the left hand side of the page to submit your details.
  • The Hartford - The Hartford is known for both financial products and insurance. They employ over 31,000 employees and are in the Fortune 100. The College page of the Careers section provides a comprehensive list of links. Center page, there is a brief overview, followed by links for Full-Time Programs, Internships, Campus Recruiting and more. The left hand side of the page has similar links, plus additional links for other career related topics. Clicking on “View Opportunities for College Students” yields 13 College Student job opportunities plus 251 other job opportunities.
  • Intel - Intel is know for computer chips and their college careers page is well done. The left hand side of the page is filled with relevant links (like Job Search, Intern/Grad Opportunities, a Jobs Blog and so much more). The center of the page starts "Get Started with Your Future" and has a listing of student centers by country. The left hand side of the page has a number of additional job search link. There were 480 job opportunities when I checked the page.

Good luck in your search.

Author: CareerAlley

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A final important source of jobs, but for college youth, the communication sector, which for me includes industries such as telecommunications, Internet publishing and television.

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