What are some of the more important things recent grads need to know about the hiring process?

Recent graduates must keep tabs on sites such as Monster.com to respond quickly to potential PR positions.

Recent graduates must keep tabs on sites such as Monster.com to respond quickly to potential PR positions. Employers also now review social networking sites, such as myspace.com, to ensure that a prospective candidate has no objectionable or inappropriate content posted.

It may seem obvious, but there should always be a cover letter accompanying a résumé stating the desired job position. Recent grads should also make sure that their résumés and cover letters are error-free (i.e. spelling and typos). When applying for PR positions, good writing equals a high-quality candidate.

It is important to be ready for phone screening that may occur prior to a face-to-face interview. This is not rocket science, but dressing professionally is a must for a job interview. It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

During the interview, always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Do your homework and research the company you're interviewing with - this allows you to ask better questions and understand their offerings. Remember that you're also interviewing the company to see if it matches your interests.

Nancy Storey is assistant VP of HR at Care Plus NJ.

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