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Calling all college grads!

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Entering the workforce during a recession can be a challenge for new graduates. To understand firsthand, I recently attended the Big East career fair and conducted workshops for seniors at universities such as Villanova and Rutgers. According to career services directors and many of the students I’ve spoken with, an unsettling job search attitude is pervading college campuses -- "what’s the use."

To help students everywhere through this early career malaise, I’m excited that today on Making a Living with Maggie at 4 pm EST (1 pm PST), Generation Y Workforce Expert Lindsey Pollak, will join me to share tips from her book "Getting From College To Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World."

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To give you a preview, one of Lindsey’s favorite tips is to volunteer. She says that if you're out of work, you probably have some extra time on your hands. Instead of using this time to worry about when you'll land a job, use this time to help other people. As Lindsey explains, especially in a bad economy volunteer opportunities are everywhere. Volunteering has many tangible benefits for job seekers:

1) It will keep you in a positive, active frame of mind.

2) You'll meet new people who may be able to refer you to job opportunities .

3) You may come across paid job opportunities at an organization where you're volunteering.

As a special bonus for Whole Living Week (we're celebrating Earth Day, going green and wellness on the radio channel), I’ll also have a "day in the life" interview with our own Terri Trespicio, host of "Whole Living" and senior editor of Body and Soul magazine.

Tune in today (Sirius 112/XM 157) to get your questions answered on any subject. And take advantage of the many free resources available on my career advice website including a recent interview on CNN on how to land a job now. Before you know it, you'll be making a great living!

Comments (3)

  • I caught part of your show today, and you and your guest had some excellent practical advice for grads (and for anyone looking for a job). it's all about working the angles you've got, and just sitting back and sending out resumes by the dozen will not produce viable results. network, network, network!!! thank you for some inspiring ideas!

  • Maggie -- I graduated college post 9/11 and there were no jobs out there so I spent a year doing AmeriCorps NCCC, a non-profit community service organization. I loved it and I was able to travel and experience things I never have before!! It also helped me put things in perspective with my career -- I realized that if I have the confidence to milk a cow (one of our projects was working at an organic farm) and tutor at-risk girls, I can pursue my goals of working in media.

  • Thanks for the comments Ann and Alexis! It's amazing how much potential we all have within us and it just takes putting ourselves out there in some new and creative ways. Great advice in this "new economy"!

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