Five Reasons Being A Recent College Grad Will Help You Find a Job

A recent article about job trends says that the U.S. may become a nation of freelancers. While the tone of the article was gloomy, this made me think about the reasons being a recent college graduate may make it easier for you to find a job.

These are my five reasons why:

1) You are not tied down: A lot of unemployed people who are older are tied down by family and a home. They are not very willing to move. College grads usually don't have that baggage weighing them down and can go where the jobs are. As long as you are willing to move, you increase your chances of finding a job.

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2) You are cheap: While this may not sound like a positive, for getting that first job, it is a definite plus. Lots of companies are looking to replace more expensive workers with younger people who can afford to work for less money, and also are willing to start out freelancing.

3) You are tech savvy: I know people my age who still can't program a DVR or VCR. Younger people know their way around computers and other tech equipment and that makes you valuable in a lot of industries.

4) You are already multi-taskers: Four words that employers hate to hear are "That's not my job". Long time employees tend to be set in their ways and often find it harder to adapt to the realities of the new workplace. An example in my former industry: There is a trend towards having TV reporters shoot their own video. Many older reporters have either refused or simply can't get the hang of doing it. And, that has opened up jobs for younger reporters who already know how to multi-task.

5) You are a blank slate: Many employers like the fact that you are new, enthusiastic, and willing to be trained to do things the way a company wants them done.

So, while there may be some disadvantages to not having a lot of experience, there is also an upside to being young, fresh, and ready to do whatever it takes to get that job.

Filed under: Starting Out, College
Geoffrey A Roth

Geoffrey A Roth


Geoff Roth is a 30-year veteran of the TV news business. He has hired hundreds of people and counseled both professionals and students as they hunt for jobs. Geoff is chronicling life after TV News at

He was part of the original staff of CNN when it started up in 1980, and has worked for national and local news organizations across the country as everything from a writer to News Director. He is now rounding out his career as an Assistant Professor in the journalism department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  

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I didn't like this article. It seems as though it's geared toward discrimination. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for writing it. All men are created equal, but your article doesn't seem to present a both sides of the story. I'm not impressed at all. Please tell me that you didn't get paid for this story.

March 14 2010 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A "recent college grad" does not necessarily have to be someone "young and fresh". Some people go back to school later. They could be older but still be a "recent college grad." Also, not all older people have children. I am over 40 and childless.

Older people without technical experience can always learn with some training. I am familiar with internet, email and several software applications and have several years experience using them. I am willing and I believe I have the ability to learn other technical skills.

Older people can multi-task better than anybody. They have several years of experience in multi-tasking (try family and job just as one example). Most older workers have many times performed tasks that are outside of their job description.

I'm not young and fresh but I am enthusiastic, energetic and willing to learn new things.

March 11 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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