How college students can find jobs – without much work experience

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – When college student Danny Franklin started thinking about jobs after graduation, his expectations were not very high.

FILE PHOTO – University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) students walk on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The 21-year-old accounting major at Delaware State had the typical work experience of many young Americans: Not a whole lot.

Franklin’s job history included stints at McDonald’s, Sears, and Sam’s Club – but nothing that would really grab the attention of a big accounting firm.

No wonder Franklin’s LinkedIn page did not generate any job leads. Then his adviser in junior year told him about Handshake (joinhandshake.com), a jobs community for college kids and young alumni.

After a month or two of building his Handshake profile, he was taken aback: Companies were starting to contact him, instead of the other way around.

“I was very surprised and overwhelmed,” says Franklin. “Companies were telling me about internships, professional development events and inviting me to apply to all these things.”

Among the big-name firms that got in touch were consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, and a couple of the nation’s largest accounting concerns, Deloitte and PwC.


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