Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rising College Seniors: Begin Your Job Search Now!

From the Undercover Recruiter site:

As rising college seniors approach the beginning of their last year of undergraduate study, they have a lot to think about besides exams and their social life. What they’re planning to do after college life is still a question left unanswered for many.

For those soon-to-be graduates seeking employment, Beyond.com conducted a poll, asking college seniors in their last semester how many jobs they had applied to. Here’s what the results showed:
• More than 33 percent reported they applied for over 40 jobs
• Just about 21 percent of respondents applied for somewhere between 10 and 20 jobs
• Almost 20 percent have applied for 21 to 40 jobs
• 17 percent have applied for less than 10 jobs
• The smallest percentage, 8.5 percent, applied for no jobs at all

While the economy is looking much brighter for recent college graduates than it has the past couple years, it still takes that extra something to help young job seekers stand out among the other applicants. Here are some tips to help college graduates be at the top of their games and score entry-level jobs in their fields.

1. Clean up your online image
Yes, employers do Google applicants. Make sure there’s nothing out there you wouldn’t want an employer to see. This includes ensuring your Facebook and Twitter privacy settings are intact and/or change your accounts to be employer-friendly to ensure you’re only viewed as a professional.

2. Start applying now…if you haven’t already
The earlier the better. Many employers start looking for candidates 6 months or more before graduation, so they are ready to fill the positions in May or June. Try to get ahead of the flood of resumes by applying early and often.

3. Don’t be afraid to network – in person and online
Every opportunity is an opportunity to network! Whether it’s chatting with a professor, staying in touch with an internship coordinator or creating a LinkedIn profile – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there professionally. The worst thing that can happen is nothing. Many people say landing a job is “all about who you know.” Well, the more people you are connected with virtually and in-person, the more chances you have of hearing about an employment opportunity.

4. Target your job search
While not every opportunity is going to be your dream job, you can target what you want if you find job postings in a niche job board or LinkedIn group. For example, if you’re looking for finance jobs, find a place where these types of jobs are posted specifically. Niche job boards offer more targeted job search results and a greater variety of relevant job opportunities.

5. Download mobile job search apps
Everyone is attached to their Smartphone these days, so why not receive job alerts and do some job-searching on the go?

6. Utilize your school’s career services

It’s likely that your college or university has a career services office. Some schools also offer further training like a project management certificate or other classes to deepen your education. While you’re still a student, make use of these services by making an appointment to have your resume critiqued or do a mock interview. Also, join a professional student organization or participate in groups/activities on campus that are good resume builders. For example, if you’re a finance major, you should join Financial Management Association (FMA) - and be active.

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