5 Things You Should Know Before You Job Search

Two great sources of information for soon-to-be college-graduates seeking jobs are Inside Higher Education and NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers.  From their posts and articles I’ve culled 5 tips.

1. A high percentage of employers find that college grads are deficient in oral and written communication.  The fix: get help with your resume from either your college career office or a consultant who writes resumes.  Do the same with prep for interviews.  Be confident that you display top-notch communication.

2. Proofread several times and have someone else read your docs over, too.  Documents without typos or other errors shows your attention to detail.  No one wants to hire a slob.

3. Internships are important to potential employers.  Even unpaid, you develop job-specific skills and gain accomplishments to put into your resume.   You;ll have projects to discuss in an interview.  Past performance predicts future success.

4. Volunteering is also important.  Not only does volunteering give you experience but demonstrates what is important to you.  Sometimes community service can make a strong connection to your future workplace.

5. If you decide to hire a recruiter or job placement expert, be aware that they work for the company with the open positions.  The company pays so loyalty goes to the check writer.  Job searching on your own can be as fruitful as hiring a recruiter.  The gem in this tip is to stay in touch with your recruiter or with the companies where you want to work.  Don’t depend on someone else to take the lead.  Polite inquiries, brief messages or requests for information show persistence, a good quality to have.

Here are 5 ways you can help yourself acquire a job. If you would like help with resume writing, interview readiness or networking, lets get together.  I want you to put your best foot forward!  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679

 

 

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