The whole job searching process can take days, even months to find the right fit. Here are a few job searching tips that will make your efforts be more effective and hold the attention of the prospective employer.
- Build a Solid Resume
For most recent grads, the rule of thumb is to keep your resume concise and down to one page. It’s fairly common to restructure resumes for a particular company. Put the most relevant position up top, so that it catches the reader’s eye. Use action words and quantifiable tasks if applicable. Employers want to see what type of skills you have and the kind of projects/tasks you accomplished at a particular position.
- Grow your Network
College clubs, internships, networking events are places to start growing your network. Reach out to those who may be in a similar field and ask about job openings. There are some jobs that don’t even get posted to the public! Some organizations take on interviews purely through recommendations from internal staff. Therefore, get off your couch and meet people! You could very well meet your future employer at your next networking event.
- Use Social Media
Social media recruitment is becoming more and more popular. You can use various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn when looking for a job. Make a list of your top ten companies and start engaging!
- Network with those who are within the desirable company
- Join any relevant LinkedIn Groups
- Comment on companies’ blogs and engage in their topics
- Follow them on Twitter
- Like the company page on Facebook
- Remove tags from photos that contain inappropriate images (eg., consuming alcohol) on Facebook
Your desired company could very well post a job opening first on Facebook or Twitter before reverting to job sites and job boards. Check on their statuses and pages constantly. You never know, you might get lucky if they’re looking for an immediate hire and you’re the first one in line to apply.
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- Practice Interviewing, Get Feedback & Improvise
Interviews are tough, but the more comfortable you are with talking about yourself, the more articulate you will be when the big day arrives. Practice in front of different audiences; professors, colleagues, peers, and significant others. Rehearsing with varying types of people will help you establish important interviewing skills. A job offer depends a lot on the interview and first impression, so take the time to hone your skills and truly showcase all that you have to offer.
- Research Companies
Ideally, before applying for a job – and certainly before a phone or in-person interview – you should do your homework about the job position and the company. Browse through the company website and get to know the products, services, geographical areas they serve, and their top clients. Read as much as possible about the history of the company and other details. Recruiters and employers may ask you what attracted you to their company and position, in which case, you will have plenty of knowledge of the company up your sleeve. Employers are not only looking for someone who is qualified, but also looking for a candidate who is genuinely interested in a position and will be a cultural fit for the company.
- Be Prepared with a List of Questions for the Interviewer
You should always have a list of questions prepared for an interview. Asking questions about the long-term goals of an organization or detailed questions about a particular project will show not only your interest, but knowledge in a subject.
- Be Proactive
We all know the job searching process is gruesome. We encourage you all to stay positive and keep at it!
Good luck on the job search!
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