Helping young job seekers find success

Like many twentysomethings who graduated from college in recent years, Gregg Chiarello had a hard time getting a career started. Despite applying for scores of jobs on job boards and company websites, he couldn’t parlay his degree in marketing and years of retail experience into a professional position.

“I was getting nowhere,” said Chiarello, 27, of Somerville.

So Chiarello reached out to an old college friend, who suggested he apply for a job at the Cambridge biotechnology company where the friend worked. The personal connection helped Chiarello get his first “real job” last November.

Chiarello’s success with networking is just one example of the techniques and tools that recent college grads — and not-so-recent ones, for that matter — can employ to break into one of the toughest job markets in decades. Here are 14 tips from career specialists that might bring success in 2014. READ MORE

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