Congratulations to the college graduating class of 2013!
You've worked hard, earned your degree, and are now probably having to hear what my father started asking me repeatedly the day I got my diploma: "Now what are you going to do with that degree?"
Welcome to the labor market.
Unfortunately, as you may have read between all-night cramming sessions, it's tough out there these days. Opportunities are tight, and competition is fierce.
The unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is 13.1 percent, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That's considerably higher than the overall unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.
So the pressure is that much higher for new grads to land a job. You need all the help you can get.
Last week, I saw an article on CNBC.com about some common errors seen by hiring managers that hurt applicants' chances of getting hired.
Some of these bear repeating:
n Typos and spelling errors.
National staffing firm Adecco surveyed 500 hiring managers asking for the most common mistake that disqualifies 18- to 24-year-olds from consideration, and 43 percent said spelling errors were the biggest problem.
Mispelled wordz rooin credability.
Remember, you can't rely on spell-check to correct all of you're mistakes? (See what I did there?)
Be safe. Give your resume and a red pen to at least two of your most grammar-snobbish friends and tell them to go to town.