The plight of graduates in this down economy has been well documented by the mass media. Articles abound citing the fact that 1 of 2 young graduates is either unemployed or underemployed. In case are one of the unfortunate multitude that is confronted with this inhospitable job market, there are many constructive steps that you can take to increase your chances of finding a meaningful post grad job in the near future, take heart. Contact with your college career office and set up a meeting as soon as possible to explore options and make sure that you have tapped into all the resources which are available. Set up a telephone consultation if you are no longer near your college. Do not believe the common mythology on many campuses that the Career Office can't do anything to help you. Ask employed friends who have utilized the office whom they would recommend that you seek out for help. Resist the temptation to take the summer off from job searching. Postponement will only put you further behind other motivated grads. Set aside at least 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week for jobs search activities.

Tips for college grads who don't have a job

To make sure you are presenting the latest and most compelling information to employers, update and fine tune your resume and cover letters. Have career office staff and other trusted advisors critique your documents. Ask employed friends to give you some feedback. Don't obsess over your documents to the point that you don't move forward with other job search activities. It is absolutely true that most graduates who find work after they have left campus do so through some form of networking. Ask your career office and/or alumni office for a list of contacts in geographic and industry sectors of interest. In case there are any social, cultural or career events scheduled where you can interact with alumni, ask these offices again. Ask about their career field, seek advice about your resume and suggestions for finding opportunities. Request referrals to other alumni or colleagues in roles and organizations appropriate to your interests. Thank each contact in writing and keep them posted as your search unfolds since this might prompt your contacts to supply additional referrals over time.  Before leaving campus if possible, meet with your favorite faculty members.  Ask if they can refer you to any of their prior students working in those areas of employment and share any career fields of interest. Ask if your faculty contacts would send an email to those individuals with a request that they consult with you about your career. To send a communication to those alumni mentioning that Professor Jones recommended that you reach out to them for advice about your career is another option. Review your list of Facebook friends who graduated a year before you. Reach out to anyone who is employed for advice and referrals to hiring managers at their firm. Enlist the support of your family network, defined as the people who would be invited to your wedding and/or people on your family's holiday card list.