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We have all gone through the stage of applying for entry-level jobs. Doubtful, stressful, nervous, tedious…. you name it! Looking back, it’s just a mandatory process that improves your maturity and prepares you for the reality in the corporate world. Everything will turn out fine.
In Chapter 7, Bill and Dave exposed a few job-finding tips that I wish I knew before applying for jobs at my Senior year.
Don’t Look In The Most Obvious Places
Although Bill and Dave did not recommend the Internet as the primary job finding method, I assume it’s the most common and convenient way for new graduates to land their first job. While college career center and connection from alumni association are useful, most people cast the net to apply on corporate career sites and other job sites. The down side of this is that you may not uncover every single posting…
For experienced hire, it’s definitely not a good idea to rely solely on the Internet. Hot jobs from large companies are usually not posted online and are hired through internal referrals only. People often say connections can bring you a job and it’s true to a certain extent if you already have a good reputation and proved yourself at work. Having the right person who know you well to put you in touch with the recruiter and put in a good word for you is certainly a differentiator in the long recruiting process.
Another popular channel is through head-hunter who possesses inside information about the job market and proactively approaches potential candidates on Linkedin.
Secure The Entrance Ticket First
We all acknowledge that things become more effective if we figured out the rules of the game well in advance.
Recruiters, especially those from well-known companies, receive tons of job applications a day. It’s safe to assume that they are so busy that they often don’t have time to scrutinize each resume. Rather, they shortlist candidates by leveraging tools to identify key words on the resume and cover letter that match with their job descriptions in the posting. This is not necessary the deal breaker, but will certainly increase your chance of being kept on the radar and bring you the very first interview opportunity.
After securing the entrance ticket, developing and articulating a good story in front of the interviewer is the next key step. Focusing on the key skills required, instead of showcasing you are merely a generalist or a multi-disciplinary candidate, helps assure the interviewer that you satisfy the minimum requirement of the job. Then, expanding on how your former experience will translate to the new job opens up a conversation for you to impress in greater depth.
Make a Good Impression
One of the great tips (but often get neglected) that Bill and Dave gave is to bring a fresh and nicely printed copy of the resume to interview. I second them, and will add on to that: carry your resumes in a professional looking portfolio so that it ensures the resume looks clean and shows that you are organized. These folder should be easily accessible in your college bookstore. Usually, it comes with a notepad inside and is extremely handy for you to jot down notes after asking the interviewer questions.
Even if you have proven the capability to do the job on paper, these tiny gestures in person demonstrate good soft skills and will help you stand out from your competitions.
Does this chapter remind you of your job-hunting days? What tips have you uncovered in this process? Share with us in the comments box below! It never hurts to know more strategies for achieving success in landing a job.
Come back next week as Keith shares his own job seeking processes. I am sure you will be inspired! See you in two weeks time as I reveal the dramatic story of landing the job that I am currently working in since graduating from college.