If you only apply to jobs that you learned about while in school, you’re probably only tapping possibilities at the larger companies. Big business often make a push to hire new grads, but this means there are usually hundreds of applicants for each opening. Additionally, when dealing with a large corporation it is very difficult to connect with people who are actually in charge of the hiring process.
Smaller companies also hire new graduates but they don’t necessarily have the money and staff to dedicate to a campus recruiting effort. This means that there will be less competition, and it should be easier to network your way to someone with hiring juice.
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