Employment is on many American’s minds these days – including our President and lawmakers in Washington. Expect to hear a lot more job references as we head into the upcoming election year. Whether it’s keeping your current position or finding a new or better gig, jobs and careers are a hot topic of late.

Many of the more than 4 million visitors who come to FindLaw.com monthly come with employment law questions. That’s because FindLaw is the leading source for legal information, as we have guides, blog posts and helpful information.

For college graduates, kick-starting a new career in this challenging economy won’t be easy. But, with a little determination and preparation, college students can increase their odds of landing a job right out of school and laying a foundation for future success.

FindLaw’s latest press release speaks to just this issue, with tips on how to kick start your career.

For one, college students must pay extra attention to their use of the Internet, which can be a double-edged sword. While it can be extremely helpful in finding internships and jobs, it can also cripple your career prospects, according to FindLaw.com. Embarrassing or inappropriate photos, messages, opinions and documents can live on the Internet for years, and can negatively impact a young person’s search for gainful employment.

Here are some additional tips from FindLaw on what college students should do now to prepare to land the job of their dreams right out of school:

Don’t embellish your resume. Go to the job placement center at your college or university to get tips on how to write an effective resume. But take heed: Exaggerating accomplishments on your resume will more often end up hurting you than helping you. Companies have become more sophisticated in conducting background and reference checks through job application forms and resumes.

Watch what you post online. Savvy employers use the Internet, including social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and Twitter, to not only scout new talent, but to determine if you’ll be a good fit for their organization. When posting online, avoid foul language, inappropriate pictures, lewd jokes, and references to drug abuse and excessive alcohol consumption. Avoid posting offensive statuses, and limit the number of posts on Facebook and other online forums. Too many postings on Facebook or Twitter says you’re spending too much time on social networking sites rather than on your studies.

Build your networks. It is not too soon to begin building a network of contacts while you are in college. Create a LinkedIn page to begin promoting your experience and skills, as well as to maintain your contacts with professors, mentors and fellow students. Join professional associations to network with others in your field.

Here’s hoping all of you find the job you are looking for. If you run into any speed bumps or challenges along the way, remember that FindLaw.com has the resources and information to help you land a great job.

— Michelle Croteau, Director, Marketing Communications
with Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Audience Team

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