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Posted March 17, 2010 by

Facing Graduation Fears: Five Ways to Find Local Jobs in a Recession

photo_9680_20091108.jpgGraduation is right around the corner. Your palms are sweaty, you are unsure about your future, and the thought of a minimum wage position hurts your ambition. If you have been procrastinating towards securing employment, today is the day you have to step up your game. Many people are searching for jobs and anyone can have an opportunity handed over in minutes. Entry level jobs for recent college students and grads are in their local area. Over 11% of today’s college students have returned to their hometowns to find work in a familiar area – this may not be what you imaged, but it is a starting point in honing a solid career.
Return Home
Recent college grads want to live on their own, but today’s reality can place dreams on hold. Realistic plans and actions are the only way to achieve security in a recession. Millions are unemployed across the nation while others are on the brink of layoffs. If you want to stay ahead of the competition and secure employment, sticking to home can help ease the stress of managing financial issues away from your family. There are many benefits in living home include being surrounded by loved ones, emotional and financial support, and the ability to grow within your means.
Work in Local Businesses
Finding employment in local business require you to create a job hunting plan, engaging in community service, enhance skill sets, applying for temp work, and/or starting a business. Your community is in need of your talents, skills, and abilities to rebuild structure during a recession. Why not dig deep into your knowledge to find where you can excel in your hometown? Local businesses need talented candidates as well as innovative thinkers to help build their businesses. If you start small, there is no telling where you could go in a few months time.
Scope Out Opportunities
Sometimes you have to start from scratch in order to build a successful job search. Entry level positions for recent college graduates can range from Account Managers, assistant positions, and more. You have to dig into your imagination to find suitable roles to play in a local business environment. The community in which you serve needs to know who you are, what you stand for, and why you want to be involved in operations.
Unlike larger firms, small business owners are typically close to their employees by some form of communication. Your job hunt should include learning about the business leaders, their history in the city or town, and current employment opportunities listed and unlisted. A great way to learn about entry level jobs for recent college students and graduates would be to introduce yourself by an in-person visit. Face value can start the connection then working alongside others in community service projects can help with breaking the ice of new found friendships.
Community Service Projects
Community service is an unconventional way of learning about your potential employers. There is only one thing to remember: focus on the project then on your own agenda. No one likes blatant advertising or networking during a community event. It is important to participate in service projects related to a heartfelt interest or others will read right through you. A lot of recent college graduates have met friends, built relationships with prospective employers, and received job offers from putting their passions to use in the community. If you want this kind of chance to happen, get away from your laptop and start searching for opportunities that can change your life as well as your community.
Start a Side Business
Personal services such as hair design, computer repair, tax preparation, and tutoring can get your name out into the community while building a strong reputation. There is a growing trend of recent college students starting businesses to keep extra money in their pockets and building a network of loyalty in their communities. You may find a relatively large market for the personal services you offer which can help you obtain leads, sales, and new opportunities all over your hometown. Think about what you can do that is worth someone’s payment. If you think your fees are reasonable, approach a few prospects to see where it goes. Starting a side business is a great way to improve your experience in your field while earning a living while home.