In today's tough job market,
Career specialists say job seekers must use all options in order to land that position.
And they add with the growing pool of unemployed workers...
It might take a little bit longer for soon to be college graduates to land that first job.
Bradley University senior Matt Psenicka will graduate next month.
He wants to eventually work as a sports broadcaster and has sampled the job market.
"It's very hard to get a job, it's very competitive. I was just hoping to get enough experience where I can move somewhere," Psenicka said.
Psenicka is using resources at Bradley's Smith Career Center to network with companies and colleagues in his field. Career Center Executive Director Jane Linnenburger says she advises students to be open and flexible.
"The industry they are usually interested in, the job title they thought they would get may not be available right now, but to consider other opportunities that might be a pathway to get to that desired position," she said.
The waiting might not be quite as long if you are a nursing school graduate.
University of Illinois College of Nursing professor Kathleen Baldwin says there's still a shortage of nurses and other healthcare professionals.
"What the profession is recommending is that new grads cast their nets wider, if they want to work in a big city, they may not get their first choice of jobs, but there are still plenty of jobs out there for nurses," Baldwin said.
In the meantime getting as much experience before graduation will help build experience.
That's what Alex Mayster is doing. He's landed a summer internship at the Chicago Tribune.
"I got the Scout, the Tribune, and I'm gonna try and work at the Peoria Journal Star, so if I can get those three things I think I'll be good by the time I graduate," Mayster said.
Mayster hopes by then, a year from now the economy will be stronger.
As for Psenicka he hopeshis internship with the Chiefs produces more leads.
"Trying to find a job in sports broadcasting is something that I can't really expect, so if it happens it happens. If something else comes up in the production field I'm more than willing to go after that," Psenicka added.
It's advice that he says is already paying off.