To avoid landing in a position that's not for you, here are 12 pieces of advice to consider about the job hunting process before you accept your first job.
10. Know what you're looking for. "Despite the fact that you've invested a lot of time and effort -- not to mention money -- into getting your deGREe, far too many of us don't really know what we want to do after graduation and we're hoping we'll just figure it out along the way," says Elizabeth Freedman, author of "Work 101: Learning the Ropes of the Workplace without Hanging Yourself."
You don't need your whole life planned out, but at least have an idea of what you want to do so you don't waste time and energy applying to jobs you don't really want.
11. Don't underestimate the power of networking. "If location, location, location is the slogan for real estate, then networking, networking, networking is the mantra for career development and landing full-time jobs," says Bill McCarthy, associate director of Binghamton University's career development center in Binghamton, New York. Don't wait until you need a job to utilize your network, he says. Most openings are filled through word of mouth and referrals, so keep in touch.
12. Finding a job is a job in itself. "It can take months to find a job and for many people, finding a job is a job in itself," says Amy Diepenbrock, director of career services at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
找工作本身就是一项“工作”。来自佛罗里达州Miami Shores，Barry大学职业服务主任Amy Diepenbrock说：“找到一份工作要几个月的时间。对许多人来说，找工作本身就是一项工作。”
"Most of the time, students think that by stating that they will take any job, in any company, that their chances are increased. In reality, this hurts their candidacy because employers want to hire individuals who know what they want to do, understand how they can impact the organization and who display an interest in their specific position and organization."