Simply put, if you want to get a job, there are a few things you’re going to need to do to make that happen. Setting up—and using—a LinkedIn account may be useful. If that’s all you’re doing, though, then you’re going to wind up disappointed (and, you know, unemployed). LinkedIn seems to make up the sum total of so many job search advice columns, but there’s so much more to it than that.
I’ve said before that the job search is really about relationship building. Your Facebook friends are—more likely than not—not going to be the ones to offer you a job. And really, the same is true of your LinkedIn connections. There’s no substitute for face-to-face relationship building, which is why I recommend that all young people, especially recent college grads, attend conventions, show up at restaurants and bars, and be alert as to who’s around them and hiring.
What else do I recommend? For starters, check out a recent article from Mashable.com, which claims to offer seven pieces of job search advice not typically given by college career centers. I don’t know if that’s true or not—I happen to think a number of college career centers do excellent work—but these points are all good ones, regardless:
Some of these tips do involve electronic tools—which you can’t do without, truly—and others are more relationship-based. All of them have the ring of good advice to me, and they’re certainly smart tips for any recent college grad to follow.