If you had a specific career in mind while you were studying, and had done an internship and on-campus work related to that field, it'd be easier to find an entry level job. But even without that experience, you should be able to find something. What I'd have you do is figure out maybe 2-3 different types of jobs that you want to focus on trying to get (let's say marketing, HR, and university admissions.) Craft 3 resumes - one that fits each type of job. Make sure that you look at the job ads as you do this, and if you have the skills the ads are asking for, that your resume says so. Have the people at your college's career center review your resume, and make sure it reads well. Then send those out.
Before you send any resumes or letters out, have someone who can really write read it. Make sure your grammar and spelling are flawless. Please pay attention to that. As an employer, if someone has a misspelling or bad grammar on a resume or cover letter, I do not consider them for a job. I don't have to. I have 100 other resumes and letters that have no errors.
When you send out resumes in response to job ads, try to dig up the hiring manager's name via the web or by calling the main number for the company. Address your cover letter directly to that manager, rather than to HR. If you submit a resume electronically, follow up with a hardcopy, mailed version. Call to follow up. Just once. But do call.
Make sure everyone you and your parents know knows you are looking. Take advantage of your network, and that of your family.
If you're open do doing anything, try to get into a management training program. These are designed specifically for people right out of college. Some examples:
- Sherwin Williams:
- Macy's/Bloomingdales and other top level retailers:
- Hyatt, Sheraton and other major hotel chains:
- Toll Brothers:
Such training programs are highly respected. They lead to careers, not to jobs.
Those are just a few examples to get you started. There are others out there.