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These are grim times to be a new college graduate making a career plan. In the shakiest job market since the Great Depression, about half of US employers have announced hiring freezes and put summer internships on hold. What’s more, COVID-19 has shut down so many local businesses that millions of old stand-by summer jobs — like your restaurant-server or golf-caddy gig from seasons past — just aren’t there this year.

Luckily, the situation is a not as hopeless than it might seem. “Right now, it’s important to accept that you might not be able to get the kind of job you ultimately want,” said Elana Lynn Gross, author of a new book, “What Next? Your Five-Year Plan for Life After College.” “But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a career plan and start working toward it.”

One way to do that: “Concentrate your search on industries that are still doing lots of hiring, like tech, healthcare, and remote customer service.” It helps, too, to “keep an open mind and apply for all kinds of opportunities. Don’t overlook temp jobs and freelance work,” Gross said. “It’s all valuable experience.”

Monster asked Gross how the Class of 2020 can make a smart …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy


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