Soon to be grads shouldn't be discouraged about not having a job

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The class of 2013 will be getting their diplomas this month, but not everyone gets to start a job right away.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said April’s unemployment rate for 20-24-year-olds is 13.1%.

However, the Career Services Office at UW-La Crosse said student shouldn’t get discouraged, because most students don’t have jobs before they graduate even in a strong economy.

“I’m looking into some kind of counseling or social work right now, because that would fit in well with my major, but I do actually work in the library here, and if I would find another job in the library, that would be really great,” said UW-La Crosse Senior Michael Westberry.

“I’ve been applying and my mom keeps checking for me also. I normally look for job openings pretty much every few times a week, and I’ve been sending out applications since January,” said UW-La Crosse Senior Mandi Janikowski.

Career Services said it’s important for students to tailor a resume to fit the job they’re applying for, because some companies use a data base to track key words when finding potential applicants.

UW-La Crosse’s graduation is May 19.

Viterbo’s graduation is May 11.

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