I wish I could report that the job market was doing better, but according to a 2009NACE study,
19.7 percent of 2009 graduates who applied for a job actually have one."
Many economists are predicting that the recession is over. However, I disagree and graduates have it harder now than in any recent memory. The best thing you can do now is go the more traditional routes and grow your network. I recently read, "Never Eat Alone" By Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz. This is a great book on how to use networking to get ahead in life.
One of the main tools is how to create a 'Network Action Plan.'
Why is this important?
Increase your chance of success through the people you know. If you want to land a job after college, you are going to need to work every angle and get to know as many people connected to industries that you are interested in.
This is a two way street, it is about building a win-win situation with your network. We have a lot to offer, even as younger graduates with limited experience.
Maybe you have a connection that can help them or you read an article regarding a conversation that you thought would be over value.
Most likely you are going to land a job through a random connection via friends, family, etc.
Don't leave this up to chance,
Actively work on improving your network and become part of the 20% that does land a job.
"Nothing external to you has any power over you"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson