Job hunting requires effort, attention to detail, persistence and follow through. Use any and all means available in your search, devoting your time to the resources that prove the most fruitful for you.
Kick off your job search by checking out CollegeCentral.com, TESU’s job posting site:
Consistently, networking is the most common and effective job source for new hires. Employers prefer to hire candidates that someone they trust says will do a good job. Building an effective professional network is essential for job search success.
Your network begins with your family, friends, and friends of family. These are people who care about you. In most cases, if they can help, they are happy to do so. Make those you know aware that you are building a network and in what field. Expand your contacts through social media sites, like LinkedIn, and by joining trade and professional associations. As you build these relationships, ask your contacts if they know of anyone else that could be helpful.
Initially don’t ask those in your network for a job. Learn as much as you can from them and share your goals with them. Do this by performing informational interviews. Once you have established a relationship, it is fine to ask if they know of any career opportunities and if they would be comfortable referring you.
Direct outreach has changed with the implementation of online resume submission platforms. If you seek to contact an organization, you need to either have a specific person’s email or apply through their Applicant Tracking System – which typically requires that you respond to a specific posting. However, applying directly to an employer is still a good tactic.
Job fairs are excellent opportunities to connect with potential employers face-to-face. Even if there are only a small number of employers attending in which you are interested, it’s worth pursuing.
Recently a number of job search scams have come to light. Overall, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Follow these rules to protect yourself from scams: