5 job hunting mistakes recent graduates should avoid

If you're a recent college graduate looking for a job that takes advantage of that shiny new degree, there are a few more things you'll need to learn. The work experience already under your belt will be useful as you seek out professional positions. However, finding that dream job will take some extra effort. Likewise, you don't want to end up stuck in a position that doesn't utilize the skills you've worked so hard to improve.

Finding a job after college

Earning a college degree is difficult, and the work ethic you've built up over the years will help you succeed in the professional world. But now it's time to hone those skills and tailor your efforts to the specific industry you wish to enter. For example, graduates heading into engineering departments will need to take a different approach than their classmates going into sales.

One of the first things you should do as you look for employers is to read industry-specific news sources. Find blogs, forums and social media pages where real professionals talk about their challenges, projects and passions. Try to get a feel for the language they use. This will come in handy when you need to send out cover letters and polish up your portfolio.

When you land an interview, don't mistake your knowledge of professional jargon for expertise. Be prepared to ask questions and listen as much you talk. Remember, during a conversation with a hiring manager, you're vetting the company just as much as it is evaluating your skill set.

To learn more about how to optimize your job search, check out our infographic below: