The days of sending your resume to a posting in the paper and hoping for the best, are over. In fact, you probably never knew those days at all!
Today’s job market is cut-throat for any field, at any level. Even finding a part-time or summer job can be hard. With fewer jobs and more qualified candidates, applying for a job is a lot more work than it used to be, but it can be done!
Here’s a great list of tips that will increase your chances of getting a job right now!
Finding Places to Apply
Because employers today hire mostly by asking around, most open jobs are never posted on a job board or in the classifieds. Don’t waste too much time on Craigslist, Monster, or other job sites.
Look for businesses and companies you’d want to work for, and figure out who you’d need to speak to about open positions.
Once you’ve found a few places you’d be interested in, find the connection to someone who works there. Talk to teachers, your parents’ friends, etc. Make an account on LinkedIn. Let people know you’re looking for a job. Ask around. Tweet your skills. The more people who know what you’re looking for, the better chance someone can put you in touch with someone else.
Talk to your professors. They might have a few ideas on who might be hiring.
Your Resume and Cover Letter
Don’t follow online templates. If you’re unsure on how to write a resume and cover letter, attend a workshop, online course, or visit your college’s career development office/web site.
Focus on the results of your accomplishments and experiences, as opposed to “what you did.”
Personalize it up. Don’t send a resume to a PR firm with an objective being about journalism. Every time you apply for a job, review your resume. Are there things you could add that’s relevant for this job but wasn’t for the last one? Your resumes should be slightly different every time you apply.
If you’re emailing a potential employer, make sure your email address is professional, and that the file name for your resume is specific to that job. “My Resume” is generic and unspecific. Have the file name include your last name and the company’s name.
Make sure your references are up to date as well as relevant to the position.
Check for accuracy, spellng–and grammar mistakes.
Your Online Presence
Google your name.
View your Facebook account as a public viewer. This will show you what potential employers are seeing when they Facebook you. (They will Facebook you.)
Make sure you don’t have any online footprints that could shed negative light on your hireability.
Design a website in which you can show your work and your skills. Put the link in your resume and cover letter. Voila!
Follow up with a business after you’ve submitted your resume and after you’ve had an interview.
Send a card thanking your interviewer.
Make sure calling your cell phone is a professional experience. What is your ringback tone? What does your voicemail say? Answer your phone in a quiet location.
Make sure all emails you send to an employer are formal in nature and are free of grammatical errors.
Do not Facebook friend the person who interviewed you after the interview. Do not.
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