Job search lessons for graduating students

Job search lessons for graduating students

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 7:24 PM

PORTLAND -- It's only March, but before students know it, it will be graduation time. Then reality sets in and they'll likely have to find a job, whether it's just for the summer or the start of their career.  

While Oregon's February unemployment numbers are down to 6.4 percent, in what's being called the "Great Age Twist," it's becoming increasingly tougher for teens and young adults to break in to the job market.

While students are on spring break this week. this probably isn't the time to take a break from the job search with graduation just a few months away.

"Fundamentally, a lot of people are spending 80 to 90 percent of their time on job boards, but only about 7 to 10 percent of jobs are hired through job boards," said Lea Mcleod, career job coach and career expert.

Mcleod has come out with a new take on resume writing. It's a coloring book that takes students step-by-step.

Mcleod also recommends applicants target their resumes for the companies they want to work for.

It must reflect what they can do for a potential employer. And, she recommended cleaning up social media profiles, because 91 percent of employers check them out before even contacting applicants.

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