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Sending out resumes, but not seeing the response you want? Whether you’ve been recently laid off or are looking for a change, there are a few things you can do to make your job search more effective.
Make a Website
If you don’t already have one, make a website. Nowadays, it’s cheap and easy. You can register with WordPress for free, or buy a domain with some version of your name for around $14/year. Sites like WordPress and Tumblr are great because they come with templates that make it easy to build a basic site. Start a blog that promotes anything and everything you’re proud of – a design, an article, a conference you helped set up, anything that shows potential employers what you’re capable of. Add your website to your signature, promote it on Facebook and LinkedIn, and list it on your resume.
Find recruiters in your area who specialize in your field. Provide them with a copy of your resume, and find out if they have any current openings. Opening your search up to recruiting firms (good ones) can be a powerful tool. Recruiters often have jobs that are unlisted or confidential, which you won’t have access to unless the company has your resume and has met with you to talk about your search.
Be selective with which recruiting firms you work with. Do your research and only spend time contacting the people who work in your industry. Don’t go to a fashion recruiting firm looking for an IT position. (Click here to learn more about working with us!)
Is there a specific industry or location you’re interested in? Do some research and compile a list of companies that you’d like to work for. What are their needs, who are the hiring managers? Check to see if there are any openings on the company website. (In order to keep the number of applications down, companies don’t always post open position on major job boards). If you don’t see any available positions on they company’s site, mail or email your resume and a tailored cover letter to someone high up the food chain.
While it might seem like extra work at first, keeping a spreadsheet of all the companies you’ve applied to and people you’ve contacted will make it easier to see the progress you’ve made. This is especially helpful if you’re targeting multiple employers. JibberJobber.com is one resource that compiles all the positions you’ve applied to, but you can also just keep a basic spreadsheet.
Apply to Jobs You’re Qualified For
This might seem obvious, but applying only to jobs you’re qualified for will greatly increase your chances of being contacted. Hiring managers are overwhelmed because people apply to every position they’re even remotely qualified for, so their inboxes are flooded with people they’ll never call. Make yourself the person whose resume gets a second look because the job is actually a good match for you. Take some time and tailor your resume to the position you’re interested in. Read our resume tips here.
Looking for a job isn’t just about responding to ads- expand your search and improve your chances of finding a great position!
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Salt, lime, branding
One of the best aspects of my job is that I get to gallivant across the web in search of articles and commentary on successful career searches and job hunting. More often than not, I find myself struggling to become enthralled with the commentary across the myriad of sites and blogs that I frequent. The insights just seem to repeat themselves. Seriously though, how many lists of the “toughest interview questions” are there?
Every so often I get lucky. Buried within an insanity-inducing array of redundant career advice, I’ll stumble across one that grabs me: a rare gem, if you will. I’ll usually read through it a few times, email it to my boss with a subject line of “THIS IS AWESOME,” and promptly extract tweet-able insight from it. Last week, I found one of these gems, and 140 characters wouldn’t do it any justice.
First of all, if you don’t read Fast Company, you should. Their articles are always engaging and provide some thought-provoking insight on World Wide Web littered with Harlem Shake memes and the Grumpy Cat. **
In one of my content pursuing sessions (I like to call it that instead of web surfing because it sounds more professional), I was scrolling through Fast Company’s articles and came across this title: To Help Your Business Succeed, Find Your Guacamole.
Being a connoisseur of the non-sequitur, I immediately jumped at the presumptive lack of any clear connection between the business world and guacamole. As I read the article, the aforementioned correlation became increasingly clear to me. I was actually moved by this article; not in the way one is moved when they read an article about a small-town hero, but in the way that it’s so in line with my beliefs that it actually jerked me around. The article’s message is simple: having great guacamole is a huge competitive advantage for Mexican restaurants, so businesses and individuals alike should strive to find their best advantage over their competitors.
If I asked a friend who I know likes Mexican food to recommend a place to grab some good enchiladas in the city, they would tell me any number of places that are all largely the same. But, if I asked that same friend where I could get the best guacamole, they would likely jump out of their skin at the opportunity to tell me the exact location of the foremost green gold. As the article claims, this is because guacamole is a distinguishing factor for a Mexican restaurant; it’s what’s going to make you choose to go to Mercadito instead of Rosa Mexicano, even though the food tastes the same.
Now, take this principle of having a competitive advantage and apply it to your own life. If a restaurant perfects its guacamole to the point that the green stuff alone has the power to draw in customers, imagine what finding your competitive advantage can do for you. If you’re interviewing for a job, you had better be able to sell your distinguishing factor to the interviewer, otherwise the competition between you and those out for the same position can become a toss-up. By finding your guacamole, you can better position yourself as more desirable than your competitors. Distinction is key when placed among others who are equally as qualified as you.
The same precedent holds true for businesses in industries other than Mexican cuisine. If you’re selling a product that has an abundance of substitutes, you can’t simply market it as being the best. Every business thinks their product is the best; if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be selling it. Your unique selling proposition should be what your product has that your competitor’s product does not. For example, when Fred Smith started FedEx he knew that he couldn’t compete with the U.S. Postal Service with service alone. What he did was completely reinvigorate the hub-and-spoke distribution model that allowed the company to deliver packages overnight, something that was heretofore unheard of. By creating a genuine improvement over their competitors, FedEx found its guacamole and launched itself into the Fortune 500.
You owe it to yourself to read Fact Company’s article on why finding your guacamole is the most essential element to strengthening your personal brand. Digest its message and go in search of your guacamole. Remember that you are your own brand, and you should build it around your strengths and what distinguishes you from others. Whether you’re in the job market or trying to sell a product, it’s not enough to tell a potential employer or consumer that you have the necessary experience for the position or the best pest product around. You have to give them a taste of your guacamole so that they will remember you and want to come back for more.
–David Schwartz, Marketing Intern
**Disclaimer- I love grumpy cat, he reminds me of my best friend.
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This will not get you a promotion
There are two types of people in the world: those that wish, and those that do.
It’s perfectly fine to wish when you’re blowing out birthday candles or throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain. In fact, just for fun, here’s a list of all sorts of occurrences where it’s appropriate to wish. They’re all well and good, but for the love of all things good, don’t be a wisher in the business world!
Unless you truly are at the apex of your field, there’s a pretty good chance that you want to keep climbing the ladder. If you look at the ladder and think about how great it would be to be at the top of it, you’ll never get your feet off the ground. Take the first step, and be a doer.
People who spend their careers wishing for a promotion or a raise rarely get it. Wishers are the people in the office who are clocking out at exactly 5:00 pm every day. They have their sights set on something that benefits them but don’t want to saddle up, take the bull by the horns, and do what has to be done to get it.
Doers, on the other hand, are the ones that don’t just get the job done, but get it done well. They’re the workers who have the same sights as the wishers but forge a strong path to the goals. Doers go above and beyond, and are the first ones to ask if you need help.
Doers keep a candy bowl on their desks. And do you know why? A study several years back suggested that 90% of people who keep a candy bowl on their desk get promoted. That’s right, 90%. And who would have thought? DOERS! THAT’S WHO!
If you want to climb the ladder of success you have to be a doer. You have to be the one who gets noticed, not the one who wants to be noticed. Be diligent. Be intentional. And know that getting that promotion or raise is a two-way street.
Remember this cardinal rule: do and thou shalt receive.
-David Schwartz, Marketing Intern
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When I was 8, I raised my hand in class. While waiting to be called upon, I thought about how silly the question was and put my hand down. Apparently I did this abruptly enough that my teacher noticed.
“Don’t you have a question?”
“I did, but it’s a stupid question.”
“The only stupid question is one that goes unasked,” she said.
I then proceeded to ask the stupidest question I have ever asked in my life.
At the risk of having to re-live the embarrassment I felt when that cruel group of prepubescent demons gawked at me, I’m going to offer a counterclaim to my third grade teacher: there are such things as stupid questions.
In most cases you can determine whether or not your question is a good one. Since experience breeds knowledge, you can more than likely deduce what kind of response you’re going to get for some questions even before you ask them. But what about those situations that you’re less familiar with? What about, say, a job interview? I’ve already given some insight into questions you should be asking during an interview, so now it’s time to consider those that you should avoid when in front of the desk.
“What exactly does your company do?”
The logical next step after asking this question is to politely get up from your seat, thank your interviewer for their time, and get out. I shouldn’t have to explain why you should never ask this question, but I’m going to for good measure. How you managed to lock down an interview without a strong knowledge of what the company does is beyond me. Any question that could be answered easily by visiting a company website tells an employer two things: 1. You did not prepare well for your interview and 2. You think you’re qualified for a job that you know very little about. In the event that you were so brash as to take an interview with a firm that you are so unfamiliar with, there are much more subtle ways to go about finding out what the firm does. Ask your interviewer what a typical day would be like. Don’t ask them what the firm does. It’s a stupid question.
“Are you going to check my Facebook?”
If you ask this question, here’s my question for you: are you an idiot? First of all, if you’re looking to be a professional it’s time to take down those pictures of you doing a keg-stand or drinking Natty Light – effectively, anything that you wouldn’t want a less-than-hip family member to see. If it doesn’t happen before your interview, this is guaranteed to happen after it. Secondly, by asking a potential employer if they’re going to check your Facebook, the implication is that perhaps they should. Even if you don’t have anything to hide and are just curious, there’s no need to ask. That’s a stupid question, too.
“What are the company perks?”
In the event that a company has some desirable perks your interviewer will more than likely bring them up as a means of impressing you. Everyone wants a company phone and a company car, but don’t inquire about it. You will come across as being focused on the wrong things, and will make it seem as though you should be rewarded for accepting a position. If you’re interviewing for a job, you likely need the job more than the job needs you. If you absolutely must know about any company perks, ask your interviewer what makes them love working for the company. But don’t ask them if you get a goodie-bag when you take the job.
“Will I have to work evenings or weekends?”
If you want to make your own hours, start a baking business out of your house or start a website and rip off your friends. Seriously cupcakes and websites can be pretty lucrative. Don’t come across as wanting to do just what’s expected of you. If you have to work late, work late. If you have to work weekends, work weekends. If you want to climb the ladder you have to be willing to put your time in. You shouldn’t be asking if you can come in later so you don’t have to deal with traffic, and don’t ask if you can leave earlier so you can make Happy Hour at the bar. You’re interviewing to increase the performance of the company, not your personal life. Don’t ask about when you have to work.
When you’re in an interview you never want to do or say anything that will jeopardize your chances of being hired. You wouldn’t answer a text message in the middle of a discussion with a potential employer, and in the same vein, you wouldn’t want to ask a question that makes you look foolish. Questions you ask an interviewer weigh as heavily as how firmly you shake their hand and how well your shoes are shined. Think before you ask.
–David Schwartz, Marketing Intern
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Going back to graduate school isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Graduate school is a long, grueling, expensive process that, when attempted without a solid plan, can leave you with a string of problems. In some fields such as law or medicine, graduate school is required, but in other fields you have a decision to make.
Do not pursue a graduate degree without doing your research. Graduate school is NOT for everyone, and it’s completely different from your carefree undergraduate years. Here are a few things to consider before you start the application process.
Am I going for the right reasons?
Why do you want a graduate degree? Intellectual curiosity? To advance your career? To start a new career? Going back to graduate school because you don’t know what else to do, is not a good reason to go.
It’s tempting to go after degrees that current research says employers want, but that may change. You should be going to graduate school despite what other people say, because if you are in graduate school, you should be studying something that you love. If you want to get an MBA just because you think it will make you more money, but not because you’re excited about the field, not only will you be unhappy, potential employers will notice. People who love what they do and are good at it, with or without advanced degrees, find the best jobs.
Are you fine right now, without this degree?
Do I need a graduate degree?
If you have a specific career goal that you know requires a higher degree, then clearly graduate school is something you will have to complete in your lifetime. But many of us do not have our entire career paths planned. Sometimes we think that a graduate degree may help us move up the corporate ladder. This could be true, but you should probably wait until you have a goal in mind so that you can find a program geared specifically towards training you in those skills. There are also certificate programs that are not as consuming in terms of time or finances, and you may find that this is all you need to move another step up the ladder.
How will I pay for it?
Thoroughly research tuition costs for every school you apply to. You will also need to factor in additional fees not quoted in a school’s base tuition.
Will you be able to work while attending graduate school? Certain schools and programs are friendlier to working students than others. Similarly, some degrees are better equipped to guarantee a job or a salary increase upon graduation. While nothing is certain, be careful about incurring a lot of debt without the promise of steady income upon graduation.
Some companies will help foot the bill for their employees to go to college, if they see it as an investment. If you work in marketing for example, going back to business school can be sold to your employer as an investment opportunity- you will learn more about the profession, and help make them more money in return. Lots of companies will also pay in part or in full for professional certificate programs, which can be a good alternative to an MBA.
Am I ready for a lifestyle change?
Going back to graduate school, especially after you’ve been in the workforce for a while, will put you behind your peers. For a while, you won’t be able to afford the same things your friends can, and you’ll be stuck in the library on the weekends, especially if you need to hold a full-time job at the same time. This can be jarring if you’ve been used to corporate life, and it’s something you should consider.
Also, while your significant other should be a source of support, relationships can also suffer from extra stress and lots of time apart.
Weigh your decision carefully. You can always change your mind after you apply to schools. The amount of money you’ll rack up in application fees is much less of a burden than the amount of debt you’ll accrue for a program you weren’t really sure about in the first place.
Everything has its downsides, but there are definitely a lot of good things about pursuing a graduate degree. Having a graduate degree will show employers that you’re serious about your field, and it will increase your knowledge and skills. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree is becoming the new high school diploma, so you may find more and more that a second degree is helpful for career advancement.
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Being unemployed can be a huge blow to your self-esteem. If you feel unproductive and useless, you have two options: decide you are doomed and feel sorry for yourself, or find ways to stay motivated.
Stick to a schedule
When you were employed, you woke up at the same time every day and got dressed. Now that you don’t have a set time to wake up, you are free to lounge on the couch all day in your pajamas. While you will certainly have days like this, it should not become a habit.
One of the best ways to stay focused and positive during a job search is to keep a routine. Looking for a job is a full-time job, so treat it like one. This means you should wake up at the same time you’re used to, have your morning coffee, get dressed and start your day at a reasonable time.
Set up a home office
Set up a home office space where you can keep all your materials in one place. If you live in a small apartment, avoid the temptation to work on your bed or anywhere else you associate with relaxation. Working in a coffee shop can be one way to combat loneliness and isolation, and especially if you live in a small space, can be an effective way to get some work done with minimal distractions.
Make to-do lists
Make to-do lists full of specific, short and long-term goals so you can see the progress you are making. Tasks can be s as simple as a list of job boards to visit throughout the day, or even errands you need to run unrelated to your job search. Make sure you are realistic with your goals so you get a sense of satisfaction from checking things off.
Remember to take breaks
If you are starting to feel frustrated, take a break, but make sure you set time limits so you know when you need to return to work. Get outside and go for a walk or get some exercise. Take a workout class, or call a friend to vent your frustrations.
Because making connections is one of the best ways to find work nowadays, make sure you are out of the house and talking to people. While you might hate answering the “what do you do?” question right now, don’t be afraid to tell everyone you know that you need a job. You never know where your next opportunity is waiting, and no one will know you’re looking unless you tell them.
Volunteering, while not a way to relieve financial stress, can be a great way to keep you spirits up and put things in perspective. Find a charity that works for a cause you’re interested in, and seek out opportunities. Getting out of the house everyday
Keep your head up, and good luck!
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You should never leave an interview thinking, “I should have asked them that.”
Most people see an interview as the person behind the desk asking all the questions. The reality is, an interview is a meeting of people, with the prefix “inter” meaning mutually or between. If you’re not asking questions during your interview, you’ll feel as though you’re on the receiving end of a firing squad rather than hunting for a job. When you’re looking for a job, your interviewer shouldn’t be the only one asking questions.
If you don’t get a clear picture of your potential responsibilities, ask for more information. Just because you’ve held a similar position before doesn’t mean that the one you are interviewing for will be the same. Find out how frequently the position has changed hands. If it’s been very volatile, ask why. Ask them to give you an idea of the role that the particular department you’re interviewing for plays in the overall organization.
Just because a position looks great today doesn’t mean it will five years down the road. You never want to be stagnant in the business world, so inquire to see if the position fits nicely with your career aspirations. Does the firm encourage or even fund continued education? What have previous employees in the same position gone on to do? Will you be able to grow from within the firm, or is it a dead end? Be wary of any employees who can’t give you a clear role that the position plays in a career path, and look for a position that encourages growth.
Salary discussion usually doesn’t come until you have a job offer. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask what the range is for the position, and don’t shy away from smaller details about compensation. If the interviewer isn’t forward about it, ask about health and retirement plans. Does the company have health coverage? Do employees have access to a 401(k) plan? If bonuses are part of your compensation, what is the criteria? Are they performance based? The more you know about how compensation works before you are offered a position gives you a better perspective of how strong the offer is.
Lastly, be sure to gain some knowledge on how the company is doing and where it’s headed. Is the company living up to its mission? Is it meeting its revenue goals? How are business operations funded? If the answer to that question is venture capital and bank loans and the revenue goals aren’t being met, there’s a very good chance changes are brewing. Asking to review the firms business plan isn’t a bad idea if you’re applying for a senior position either. You’ll be able to compare what the firm wants to do and what it’s actually doing.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a job for a while it can be easy to jump at the first offer that comes your way. Look before you leap; don’t accept anything before you have a good feel for the company as a whole. Asking questions during your interview conveys your interest in the position and encourages the interviewer to believe that you’re dedicated and success-driven. Regardless of what your elementary school teacher told you, there are such things as stupid questions, but you can avoid asking them by going into an interview with a prepared set of questions designed to cover the bases that the interviewer doesn’t.
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A serious investment requires the inside knowledge and advice of someone experienced. If you wanted to buy a house, you probably wouldn’t just look at pictures on the internet and make a blind purchase. You want someone who can tell you about a faulty foundation, who your neighbors are and what’s great about the house that you might not realize on your own. That’s why home buyers use a realtor.
Job-seekers use a recruiter for the same reason.
Unlike a realtor, a recruiter provides a range of services completely free of charge. A good recruiter can present you with multiple opportunities at different companies that you wouldn’t find on your own.
Developing relationships with recruiters can be advantageous, as they may think to contact you whenever they land a job search assignment that matches your background. But don’t wait until you’re ready to change jobs to get to know recruiters. Like with most relationships, building good ones can take time.
Here are some tips for getting started:
Tell the Truth
Be honest about what kind of job you’re looking for, and be honest about whether you’re interested in a job you’re pitched. If you’re not interested, say so. This will help refine the kinds of jobs you are approached with. If you’re employed, only offer yourself to recruiters if you’re serious about changing jobs.
Talking to a recruiter can help you define career goals before you go in for an interview. They will help you prep before an interview so you know what your goals are, how they align with what the company wants and how you can sell yourself. A recruiter will not send you on an interview unless they believe you are qualified for the job, which should also give you some confidence once you’re there.
Some job hunters say they’ll take any position they want when they don’t really mean it. Make sure you are upfront with your recruiter about geographic locations, salaries or companies that are off limits for you. At the same time, you don’t want to narrow your boundaries so much that you miss great opportunities.
One great benefit of working with a recruiter is that they will help negotiate salaries for you. For most people, this can be hard to do on your own. Know what your limits are when it comes to salary in order to make this easier for the recruiter.
Show up for Interviews
If for some reason you have to cancel after you are granted an interview, make sure you let your recruiter know. Not showing up for an interview will damage your reputation with the recruiter and will ensure that you are not approached with further opportunities.
Explain Your Rejections
If you’re approached with a job that isn’t a good fit, explain why. Is the pay too low? Are the hours too weird? Do you not like the company? Explain your reasoning so that the recruiter won’t approach you with similar positions, and will approach you with positions that are a better fit.
Check In and Be Patient
If you’re waiting to hear about a position, be patient, but check in with your recruiter every so often if you don’t hear back.
Stay in touch with recruiters so you can stay on their radar and build a relationship. This will increase your chances of being approached with opportunities further down the line.
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According to a U.S. Department of Labor survey, 70.9% of the total United States population is comprised of men and women ages 20 – 24. That’s a pretty hefty percentage who recently abandoned childhood dreams of a career as a superhero or a princess.
“Get your degree so you can get a real job,” your parents said.
But if your parents have your best interests in mind, why have you graduated and still don’t have a job?
The same survey from the Department of Labor suggests that only about 13% of 20 – 24 year-old college graduates are part of the labor force. That leaves a pretty hefty percentage of them living at home, wishing they held the mask and cape you abandoned. It may feel like it sometimes, but spending four years in college wasn’t a waste of time; if you only have a high school diploma, the unemployment rate is twice as high.
Common discourse on the economy aside, finding a job after graduation has been difficult since the 1970s. When you graduate, especially if you didn’t work during school, you have few marketable skills and little experience to show, no matter how good your grades are. Some employers simply won’t hire people right out of undergrad, opting for candidates with a Master’s degree or who paid their dues in an unpaid internship.
A recent New York Times article broke down what anyone in their 20s already knows: right after you graduate, and especially if you have a liberal arts degree, you often have to work for free. That is, if you can afford it.
So what can you do to improve your chances of finding a paid position?
Pay Your Dues While You’re Still in School
It’s in your best interest to find a part-time job or an internship while you’re still in school, preferably in a field you enjoy. This will vastly improve your job prospects and will help you make contacts that will be invaluable once you graduate. if Do this while you’re still in school, and you will have a better chance of being able to move out your mom’s house.
If you didn’t have time for an internship in college, you probably have leadership skills from a club or group that you can highlight in your resume. Unfortunately, it’s become the norm for companies to hire unpaid interns, and you may have to take a position like this if you want to advance in your field (especially if that field is media-related). The sad truth is, many people can’t afford to take an unpaid internship, and if you find yourself in that boat, you’re definitely not alone.
Make Your Resume Job-Specific
Lots of people don’t understand that it’s absolutely essential to tweak your resume for each job you apply to. The chances of having a resume make a strong impression increase exponentially when you think like an employer: use keywords that are derived from the job description, and trim out any information that is unrelated or looks like filler. If you don’t know anything about keywords, this article is a good place to start.
Apply to Jobs You’re Qualified For
Another reason Millennials aren’t finding jobs is because many are applying to jobs that aren’t suited to their skills. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but that isn’t to say that because your marketing degree isn’t getting you the job you want, you should start applying for entry-level accounting positions. You might feel it’s a catch-22: if you limit yourself to jobs that you’re continuously being rejected from you’ll never actually get hired. This isn’t always true. Focus on applying for jobs that you’re qualified for and want —you earned your degree in the field that you did for a reason. Use social media to network with people at firms that you are interested in and stay on your toes. Job hunting takes time.
Expand Your Resources
Start looking into staffing agencies (like us!) who have lots of jobs that aren’t posted online. Companies often come to us to do confidential searches, and if you’re in our network, we might be able to help you snag a gig you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Check out our job listings here.
Look for positions at startups, who are always expanding and looking for young people who are excited about their projects. Because enthusiasm is a big hiring factor, and the companies are small, don’t be afraid to reach out to the founder of the company on LinkedIn. Even if you can’t get a paid position, it will fill a hole in your resume, and you’ll make some valuable contacts.
Volunteering is another good way to find contacts and to keep you occupied while you’re unemployed. Do a quick Google search and try and find something you’re interested in.
Keep Your Social Media Accounts Polished
As much as you might like to tell yourself that employers don’t check your social media profiles, they do. Your profile isn’t as safe as you think; more and more companies are screening their applicants on Facebook or Twitter. Do the smart thing and clean house of all those tweets about how you hate hunting for a job or how “productive” you’re being watching daytime reality TV on your couch. Also, the fact that you’re 21 means you can legally do keg stands, but can you reasonably have pictures of it on your Facebook page? Think about what’s important to you, and keep your private life private.
Make sure your LinkedIn account accurately reflects your resume and your accomplishments, and make sure you have a professional-looking picture. Companies are using LinkedIn more and more to pre-screen applicants. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, it’s time to set one up.
Try to Stay Positive
Don’t let discouragement deter you from remaining steadfast in your job search. It takes time and persistence. Remember, the market is tough right now. Make use of the connections that you have made in school and seek out new connections in the hopes that they will open doors for you. Not being able to land a job is not necessarily indicative of your abilities; it is a result of these challenging times. If you start to feel like your efforts are futile, step back and channel your inner superhero. You have the power to make things happen when you set your mind to it.
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Scoring an interview is only half the battle – you also have to land the job. Here is a list of some of the best ways to be prepared if you want to land your dream job.
Do Your Research
Know the company you are interviewing for inside and out, and be ready to ask questions. A good place to start is the company’s website or their LinkedIn if they have one. Check out the company’s mission, what projects they are pursuing, and be aware of their competitors. Ellen Gordon Reeves, the author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?, stresses the importance of research: “you need to know as much as possible about the people you are interviewing with”.
Review Accomplishments from Your Last Job
Spend some time thinking about what you accomplished at your last job, and be ready to talk about your position and what your specific duties were. Especially if you’ve been unemployed, it’s always a good idea to spend some time refreshing your memory. Be sure to come up with a few specific problems you’ve dealt with, in order to be prepared for questions.
Know Why You Want the Job
Yes, you want to be able to pay the rent, but why are you really applying to this job specifically? What are your underlying goals and motivations? What do you know about the industry and what can you bring to the company? There are all questions you should have answers to before you go in for the interview.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
Don’t bet on spontaneously coming up with great answers to interview questions. Have a friend sit down and be serious about going over potential interview questions . It will feel awkward at first, but practice is the best way to ensure that your answers come naturally.
Employers generally want to get a good sense of the following:
- Your background, experiences, education, and overall qualifications
- Your knowledge of the job,, their company, and the industry.
- Your personality, work style and social style.
- Your skills
- Your future goals, career aspirations and how motivated you will be in the position.
Be able to talk about this list of things, and you should be able to answer most questions you are given in an interview.
If you’d like a list of common interview questions, you can find them broken down into categories here:
Be Prepared with Questions for the Interviewer
You should come to every interview with at least three good questions to ask your interviewer. If you’ve done your research on the company, coming up with some questions shouldn’t be hard. Here are some examples of solid questions:
-What performance expectations do you have for a successful employee in this position?
-Tell me about some of the company ( or department’s) successes in the past few years.
-Can you explain a typical project that I would be working on? What does a day in this position look like?
Look the Part
Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy an expensive outfit, but do make sure you plan an outfit ahead of time so will look put together. For a first interview it is always best to look more conservative than not, even if the company turns out to have a more business casual environment.
Bring Your Resume
It seems obvious, but can be easy to forget. Always have three copies.
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