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Top 3 Places for College Students to Network

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Networking for College Students

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You’ve probably heard before that to make it in the professional world, it’s not always about what you know, but who you know. Making connections is important in today’s job market. But how can you make these connections when you’re still in school? It’s not as hard as you might think. Check out these tips on how you can network, even as a busy college student!

Career Fairs

Just about every college has at least one career fair each semester, and you don’t have to be on the cusp of graduation to attend. Right at the tips of your fingers, on your own college campus, you have the chance to meet your future employers. Stop by the tables you’re interested in, introduce yourself, and try to make a solid impression. Once you have their contact information, you can start building a relationship by sending them an email within 48 hours thanking them for their time, and asking some follow up questions. They might answer the questions themselves, or they might direct you to someone else who can further help you. The more correspondence you have, the better your connection will be! This can be the doorway to a job, an internship, or just some professional advice!

Meetings with Alumni

Colleges keep meticulous track of their alumni. Often times, schools have records open to their students with information regarding who graduated with what major, where they’re living, what they’re doing today, and how you can contact them. This is a goldmine of connections! Find a few people in your area who graduated a few years ago, or perhaps many years ago, with a career you would love to have! While sending them an email or giving them a call may seem a bit scary, chances are, they’ll be more flattered than anything! Who wouldn’t want to grab a cup of coffee with someone who admires what they do?

Internships and Summer Jobs

If you’re lucky enough to score an internship or a summer job that relates to your field, get to know as many people as you can, as well as you can. Make a good impression. Ask a lot of questions. Demonstrate your knowledge and interest for your field. When your summer or internship ends, make sure that you keep in touch. Even if you decide that where you worked or interned isn’t exactly what you want to do, these people might have the ability to point you in the direction of where you want to go!

Don’t forget that you can also make connections completely on your own without having to attend a fair or land an internship. If there’s a company you’re just dying to work for someday, send someone from that company an email. If there’s a person you greatly admire for their achievements, take it upon yourself to make contact with them. It’s truly that easy! Even if you don’t hear back, the possibility of starting a relationship that could get you a dream job is a risk worth taking!

How to Use or Lose with Social Media in the Job Search

Just about everyone today has taken part in social media through Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and that’s just to name a few! Our generation began leaving personal internet footprints as teenagers. In the words of comedian Pete Holmes, “You shouldn’t be able to reach millions of people when you’re that young, because that’s a permanent record. How is anyone ever going to run for president? In fifty years, there’s just going to be a trial like, ‘Senator O’Neil? Who is ONeily19?’” It’s kind of scary when you think about it, especially when it comes down to things like finding a job.

According to an article published in 2011, 53% of employers research potential job candidates on social networking sites, and over a third were able to find discrepancies between  a resume and an online profile, indicating that the information that had been provided to them was not entirely truthful. On the opposite side of things, according to a study done in 2010, over fourteen million people found their last job by using social media for networking purposes.

So how can today’s job seekers successfully land a career when social media plays such a large role in the hiring process? Check out these tips on how to use or lose with social media!

Use: Make your online accounts professional by refraining to provide a political and religious identity (unless your career is in one of those fields) as well as a relationship status. You may also want to remove anything that could give too much light onto your lifestyle. You want your employer to see you without having their judgments clouded with your kitchen’s cleanliness, or whether or not you’re living with your significant other.

Lose: Don’t leave comments, videos, or pictures displayed that may be seen as questionable. Even if you did not write or post them, having them viewable on your account will not be what gets you a job.

Use: Make certain areas of your accounts accessible to the public. Employers appreciate when they can get some information about you that will push them in one direction or another.

Lose: Don’t completely privatize your accounts, as no information isn’t helpful to you. You also don’t want to completely publicize your accounts when they are used for personal purposes.

Use: Make the career side of you obvious to everyone. Others on your social media site should be well aware of what it is you do for a living, what you have accomplished so far, and what you are looking for.

Lose: Don’t provide details or aspects of your current or past jobs that should remain confidential. Don’t discuss your interviews, or speak poorly of your job.

Use: Google your name, and take measures to remove anything that you would not want others to see should they attempt to search you. Find ways to improve your search engine optimization.

Lose: Don’t leave old accounts and profiles active and viewable.

 

How to Get a Job Right Now

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!

Communications

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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