It's mid May and the academic life for many young people is now finished, the job hunt will no doubt prove to be a bitter cold whore for many in this economy, but I'm sure some of the more ambitious, amicable, well skilled and (most importantly) well connected grads will find a nice opportunity for themselves. Focus: What was the job market like for your career path when you graduated and how did you fit into it? I graduated with a math degree which doesn't exactly lend itself to specific careers (unless of course you have a masters or PHD) and through a happy combination of laziness and entitlement I figured I could just shoot an unpolished resume off and people would be banging on my door with job offers. As you can probably guess nothing happened and I was getting pretty nervous that January was looming and I'd be off my parents' insurance. The only job I was able to get was a job in a call center through a person I knew, that was not what I had in mind when my professors told me the possibilities were endless. Luckily I've since moved on and the skills I developed there are highly sought out in my current profession since most actuaries can't explain their work in English. And I was technically an analyst when I left... so if a future potential employer takes that to mean I was in the actuarial program as soon as I got there, well who am I to correct them? Alt-Focus: Give advice to those about to graduate. Or if you are about to graduate ask for advice. I think Frylock summed it up really well here, but one piece of advice I would give would be to seek out a recruiter in the field(s) you are looking to get a job in. They have the most up to date information on what people are looking for and have a financial stake in getting you a job, not only that but they'll have contacts with companies that you've probably never heard of. Not that you should stop looking on your own (a lot of companies don't want to pay recruiters these days) but a recruiter is an excellent tool for the job hunt, especially if they concentrate job hunting in only a couple fields.