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Planning for Graduation? Consider These Tips to Help You Land Your First Job Out of School

It’s hard to believe it, but in just a few months, you’ll be a college graduate. You’re probably feeling both excited and nervous, as a new chapter of your life is about to begin.

While you haven’t received your diploma yet, you’re already thinking about finding jobs in Lehigh County. You’re hoping to secure a great entry-level position as soon as possible after graduation.

This can be easier said than done, as getting hired without much work experience can be a challenge. Of course, you can’t get experience unless you get hired, so here’s some advice to help get your career off to a strong start.

Three Tips to Land Your First Job Out of School

Start Networking

Who you know can get you far in your career. Hiring decisions are costly and hold a lot of weight, so employers prefer candidates recommended by someone in their network.

Now is the time to start making these connections, so join a professional association, attend networking mixers and find out if your school’s alumni association has any programs to help new graduates. Putting yourself out there will increase your chances of meeting someone who will guide you to your first job as a college graduate.

Get an Internship

Right now, you might be laser-focused on finding an entry-level job, but don’t overlook internship opportunities. This is a great way to gain valuable career experience, make new contacts and get an “in” at a company you’re interested in.

It’s very common for interns to receive a job offer at the end of their tenure — if they make a great impression on the team. However, even if the company doesn’t have a full-time position available, the skills and experience you gain will look great on your resume.

Consider Temporary Opportunities

Chances are, you’ve limited your job search to permanent, full-time positions. Consider opening your search to temporary jobs, as this type of employment offers many benefits to new graduates.

Your recruiter will connect you with opportunities that perfectly align with your career goals. Therefore, you can gain a wealth of experience in a short period of time, allowing you to seriously flesh out your resume. In a matter of months, you’ll have a resume that rivals candidates who have been in your field for years.

Ready to find your first “real job” in the Lehigh Valley? HTSS, Inc. wants to help. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!



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As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.