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June 8th, 2009
12:49 PM ET

Looking for a Job?

Have you got that college degree, but no job to go with it?

You're not alone.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says fewer than 20 percent of this year's grads had a job waiting for them when they were handed the sheepskin.

If you're a new grad, or soon to be one, CNN Personal Finance Editor Gerri Willis has this advice:

    First, stay active.Use your college alumni office.

    Find out if there are professional organizations you can join.

    If you have time, consider volunteer work or an internship in your field.

    You may also need to hone your expectations.

    Don’t expect to land a six-figure job right away.

    And be prepared to look for work outside your field.

    Many job recruiters use the Internet for find job seekers, so promote yourself online.

    Have an online resume and an appealing social network profile – and remove any embarrassing or non-professional photos.

For more ideas, check out these Web sites:

Visit Gerri Willis' website at Your Bottom Line

Filed under: Gerri Willis • Tony Harris