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How I found a job after graduation

These seven recent college grads bucked employment trends and landed great jobs after graduation. Here's how they did it.

Mentors are irreplaceable

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Jonathan Lightner, 22
College: McDaniel College
Degree: Bachelors in Psychology
Current job: Health Educator & Co-Advisor for the HiTops Teen Council in Princeton, N.J.

How I got my job: My mentor, Deborah Roffman, helped me out. I gave her my resume and she sent it out to her listserv.

The educational director of HiTops found it and called me on a Friday afternoon, I was just absolutely ecstatic! Who gets offered a job right out of college, especially in the social-science field? I was so amazingly honored to have them contact me.

During the interview, while they were explaining the job description, I told them these are things I would do for free. It's kind of a dream come true for me right now.

Advice for current students and recent grads: I could not be where I am without [my mentor] Dr. Sara Raley, who is one of my professors. She told me that employers are looking for professional experience. She pushed me when I didn't have enough confidence, and brought me back when I had too much.

- Last updated June 20 2013 01:50 PM ET

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