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Congratulations! You just graduated college! Time to party, open gifts, and party some more! What’s next? Oh GOD! Time to find a job! Other than looking at my classifieds daily, there are some ways to relieve you from post graduation stress!

Use the power of mobile apps

There’s an app for everything these days, but many alumni don’t consider how their mobile devices can help them to find employment. Check out job search, networking, and career management apps on your mobile device of choice. Some apps can even help you improve your interview skills.

Dig into social media

Social media is a massive playing ground for all things professional. Build your personal brand by carefully crafting a  professional online image—get rid of vulgar language, party photos, or anything else you wouldn’t want a boss to see. Creating a personal brand can be fun, too—start a personal blog on a site like WordPress or Blogger, or film a video resume and upload it to YouTube. Send these links to employers to stand out from a crowded market of job candidates.

Keep calm

Rejection is a part of everyone’s job search. Don’t get down on yourself if you can’t find a job right away—the market is competitive, so don’t take rejection as a personal failing. Remind yourself everyday that you’re an intelligent, creative individual. Take time for self-love and self-care, and surround yourself with people and things that make you happy. With a commitment to persistence and an upbeat attitude, you’ll be able to break into a field you love sooner rather than later.

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