College grad celebrating with her parents.

We’re nearing the end of May, which means many college graduates will be looking to start their careers.  Getting started in any job search can be tough, especially so when looking for your first job in your field. It’s very easy to overlook basic steps in your job search from being so overwhelmed. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best advice we could find for recent grads looking for a job opportunity.

How to Really Read A Job Description Advertisement

This is actually a great article for anyone starting a job search. It provides an insightful explanation of the anatomy of a job description, and what you should expect when reading one. Reading this article will help you better understand how job descriptions are made, and look past the fluff. This should keep you from wasting time by looking at and applying for jobs that don’t suit you.

The LinkedIn Guide to Getting Hired in 2018

LinkedIn is a great resource for almost any college grad, so if you’re not on the site already, consider making an account soon! With so many profiles LinkedIn also has access to extensive job seeker data. With college grads in mind, LinkedIn analyzed the career paths of last year’s graduates, and made some interesting discoveries. If you’re curious when the best time to apply is, what jobs are the most sought after, and what states are hiring the most new grads, definitely check this out!

6 Ways to Evaluate Company Culture

When you’re looking for your first job out of college, it’s easy to fixate on the basics like salary, benefits, and location. However, there are many other important factors when it comes to finding the right job. One of the most important and oft-overlooked factors is company culture. It plays a huge role in your overall job satisfaction, and enjoyment of the environment you work in. Toxic company culture can easily undermine a job, even if it provides a great salary and rewarding work. Make sure you don’t forget to consider company culture when evaluating your target companies.

How to Interview Your Interviewer

Picture it: The interview is going great, you’re answering questions with ease, and the tone is completely conversational and comfortable. Then, it gets towards the end and the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?” You freeze and decline to ask anything. In that scenario, most interviewers would consider your candidacy for the job over. Never go into an interview without some questions prepared! If you’re not sure what to ask, this article is a great starting point.

Best Elevator Pitch With Examples For Job Seekers

If you want to find a job, you have to figure what it is you want to do in your career. Knowing that is obviously helpful for your own sake, but it also allows you to explain it to others. Networking and making professional connections could result in job opportunities down the road. If you want to be more efficient at connecting, you should refine your elevator pitch. This incredibly comprehensive article will help you understand what an elevator pitch is, why you need one, and how to perfect it.

3 Easy Ways to Fast-Track Your Job Search After Graduation

Once the dust settles after graduation, you may realize you have another huge task in front of you. However, you shouldn’t be intimidated. Starting your career is incredibly exciting, even if the job search process can be somewhat tiresome. If you want to fast track your path to that new opportunity, this article has a few great suggestions.

The Next Time You Want to Complain at Work, Do This Instead

In college, complaining is fairly common: complaining about a bad professor, or an obscene amount of homework, or any one of many things. It can be therapeutic in school, but it can also be a dangerous habit to carry into your career. Complaining constantly at work about coworkers and your responsibilities can quickly undermine any of the connections you’ve made in a new job. This article from the Harvard Business Review is a great examination of complaining, and how it adversely affects a work environment. If you’re someone who tends to vent, you should check out this article and find out how you can redirect that energy.

For new college grads, going from the schedule and style of college to a full-time job search can be a rather jarring change of pace. We hope the links included in this week’s Link Roundup have helped you feel more comfortable and confident to start your search. It’s certainly a tall task, but this is the culmination of all of the hard work you’ve put in during college. Run at the target, be smart, and you’re sure to find a great opportunity in no time.