ats H to ff O (ARA) As the recession continues to take its toll, college grads have to work harder to stand out. Businesses expect to hire 22 percent fewer recent grads in 2009, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Competition for available jobs is fierce, even among candidates armed with a college degree. If you are one of the millions of graduates looking for a job this year, there are some basic things you can do to stay ahead of the competition. Use technology to stay ahead of the game. Computers can help you stay ahead of the competition when it comes to college funding, admissions and opportunities. Use your networking skills. You probably already know that social networking sites are a great way to meet new people, but they can also help you stay ahead academically and begin job networking before you graduate. Tips to help grads get the edge on competition Be sure to use a network that matches your interest and objectives -- and there will probably be more than one that fits your needs. Networking and resume sites that allow you to post virtual resumes are a great way to get your information in front of a large group of potential employers. Create a calendar. If you are already having nightmares about oversleeping on the day of the big exam or forgetting an internship interview with a Fortune 500 company, it’s time to create an online calendar. An online calendar allows you to share access with other important people in your lives, so you can remember that important interview as quickly as you remember to call Grandma on her birthday. Find a job that relates to your major or your interests. Working and going to school isn’t easy, and you’ll be even less inclined to enjoy your job if it bores you. While you may not DADS & GRADS find your dream job right now, any opportunity to see if you enjoy working in your ideal industry is a learning experience. Look for internships. Now is a prime opportunity to get experience that can build into a full-time job after graduation, and it’s also the one time in your life when you can live very cheaply. Internships don’t often pay well or anything at all, but they often count for course credit and always build your resume, so take advantage of them while you can. Start job hunting a semester (or more) before graduation. Every May, the job market is flooded with new graduates ready and eager to find work. If you start sending out resumes, going on interviews, and networking ahead of your classmates, June 17, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II & IV • Page 11 Father’s Day Specials at Wholesale Photo INSTANT REBATE ������������������������ ����� ��� � you can have a job lined up before you even get your diploma. 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