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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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4 Ways to End Your Summer Internship on a Good Note

Cappex SunThe internship during college summer break is becoming the elusive fruit for college students. With the state of the job market, internships are all the more essential to land a job after college graduation since they give you the competitive edge of having that real world job experience employers are looking for.

So, we have 4 tips to ensure that if you are currently working a summer internship you end the summer on the best note you possibly can to land a job in the future.

1. Finish strong
You might only have two weeks left in your internship before you head back to college. So…Make. It. Count.  The summer’s flown by, and maybe you haven’t gotten the chance you’ve wanted to flex your proverbial muscle to the boss. The best thing you can do is go above and beyond with the task at hand. Finish the projects you’re assigned with flying colors. Even if it’s just inputting numbers into a spreadsheet, do it with gusto. Have a smile on your face. Laugh at your boss’s jokes even if he’s told the same one to you six times, and you didn’t find it funny the first time. For the most part, your employer knows that they have you doing the boring stuff, so just show them that you’re a nice, hardworking person to have around the office.

2. Show some of your personality
It’s super hard to be yourself when you’re hoping that people like you enough to possibly hire you in the future. The pressure turns a lot of usually bubbly co-eds into twenty-something robots. But, after you’ve been working your internship for most of the summer and finally feel more comfortable at the office, show a little more of your personality. It will make it a lot easier for your employer to distinguish you from the rest of the company’s future job applicants because you do that hilarious impression of a zombie Charlie Chaplin chasing a a chicken.

3. Ask for feedback
This is the perfect time to ask your boss or supervisor for some feedback. You might think you know what the company thinks of you and your work so far, but you may be surprised. Who knows? They might mistake your stern seriousness about your work for being really bored at the office. Not only will feedback help you become a better employee, but it’s a time to let your supervisor know what’s going through your head as well, like, all those amazing ideas you have to stop global warming or where that the next office party should be at Zigorno’s because then everybody can get whatever they want to eat AND play extreme dodgeball.

4. Express your future career interest
Whether it’s the same meeting or different one, setting up a time to let your employer know what you see for future is great idea. The reason for this is because you might actually not be interested in working at the place you’re interning. You might have totally different career goals for a multitude of reasons. Letting your employer know this won’t make them think less of you as long you’re doing your job well. In fact, they’re still great contacts to have for the future. If you’re working at a bank but you’ve realized you want to go into public relations, perhaps your boss can get you an interview with his wife’s cousin who owns a boutique PR firm.

If you are interested in the place you’re currently working, let them know as well. Companies want enthusiastic employees who demonstrate interest in them. So if you want in after graduation, let them know you’d appreciate it if they kept you in mind for the future and that you’re the one who brought the homemade chocolate covered pretzels in the kitchen.

Any other tips for interns? Share thoughts by leaving a comment below!


College Grads Can Text the Text, But Can They Use a Phone?

teen-cell-phone1Perhaps it’s the fear that they don’t really understand the technology, or maybe it’s just that they’d prefer to communicate with someone without having to translate “Kk. Kewl, ttyl8r”–but, according to eCampus News, employers want to see that their new hires can hold a conversation past the point of “LOL. brb”

According to the article, recent college grads should especially be prepared for phone interviews.  After all, since most students text so frequently, they are generally not prepared to hold lengthy and articulate phone conversations. On top of poor phone skills, young job applicants are more likely to use cell phones during phone interviews instead of clearer and more easy to hear landlines. In a difficult hiring market like this one, just having a leg up on a simple phone interview can make the difference.

And if you’re going to follow up with an employer, just make sure it’s not through a text message.

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