A: Here goes.
1. Take a deep breath. She just graduated.
2. Use the college career services office. Make sure they are familiar with your daughter ‘s career interests.
3. Get a LinkedIn profile that includes a photo (without solo cups, bunk beds, or other signs that she is still a student), and a summary of her skills and her education. If she is eager to enter a specific field, she should review job descriptions in that field. Include specific skills so recruiters scanning her profile (via a key word search) find her. She should also join groups related to her career interests, her college, and the area where she is job hunting.
4. Her résumé should be easy to read and error-free.
5. Check e-mail and voicemail a few times per day.
6. Send thank you notes/e-mails when someone has met with her, even if it was just professional courtesy.
7. Temping or contract work can lead to a full-time offer.
8. Job seekers should devote 75 percent of their time to networking.
9. Make sure her Facebook, Instagram, and other social media accounts don’t turn off an employer.
10. Have an elevator speech — a 1- to 2-minute summary of who she is and where she hopes to get professionally. Practice it in front of the dog, a sibling, a friend, or a parent.
Finally, some advice for Mom and Dad: Be patient and encouraging. Job hunting is hard work. A strong support system is important.
By Patricia Hunt Sinacole, posted on bostonglobe.com