As a recent college graduate, there are a variety of strategies that can lead to your first entry-level position. Developing a circle of professional relationships is one of the most effective means of securing recommendations and advice that will become useful to your search. These professional connections can come from a number of different sources – friends who already found jobs, parents, former internship coworkers, professors or relatives working within your field. By reaching out to these people, you are expanding your circle and building up your network to include their friends and coworkers who may also be able to offer you assistance.
Even if a connection in your circle cannot directly lead you to an entry-level job, developing that relationship can be important for future career searches and business opportunities. By setting up an informational meeting regarding career advice, potential employers and a review of your resume, you will have gained a valuable friend and expert in your search. This in-person or phone meeting can also help put you at the top of the list should a future position open at their company.