Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you know that the economy is in bad shape right now. As a recent college graduate, this has had a tremendous impact on me. Throughout my time in school, I always thought all my hard work would pay off and I would land a great job once I graduated. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

Even though sometimes the search for a job can feel hopeless, I’ve found that there are many different things you can do to help your job search.

Social media has taken the business world by storm so it only makes sense to use it as a job search tool. This is a powerful way to network with potential employers and let them know more about yourself, your skills and professional/educational background. LinkedIn is a great site to use to do this. Your profile page is like an online resume and you are able to connect with past colleagues, friends and employees at companies you are interested in potentially working for.

New grads should also consider doing an internship while looking for fulltime employment. It allows you to get hands on experience in the field that you are interested in. You are getting in valuable experience for your resume.

A big challenge in the current job market is getting the opportunity to interview with a company. Businesses are receiving hundreds of resumes each week. Job seekers need to find a way to stand out from the rest. A new trend is video resumes. In these short videos, a candidate talks about who you are, your education, professional experience and anything that you would put on your resume. This is a more personal way to connect with employers and show them why you are the best person for a job.

The most important thing that I have learned throughout this is to remain positive. You are not going to get a job by sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. As frustrating as it is to have people constantly asking me if I have found a job yet, it’s much easier to smile and talk about all that I am doing to try to find one. As long as you remain positive and are creative in how you look for open positions, you will land your dream job in time.

Amanda Deluca