FirstJob prides itself as not only the go to job site for college educated, entry-level job seekers but also as a resource that helps job seekers develop the skills they need to be successful during their search. To this end, we constantly keep up to date on the latest trends regarding entry-level hiring as well as a host of blogs that offer quality and consistent advice. One such blog, The New Talent Times, (whose parent company is Software Advice ) recently provided an article we found particularly helpful titled “Nine Job Seeking Tips for College Graduates”. The article is a wealth of information and tips for anyone who is about to graduate so we decided to break it down with our own write up for any of you college students that may be pressed for time.
The articles author, Don Fornes, lays out 9 tips for freshly graduated job seekers. We’ve touched on many of these tips at one time or another, but Don brings a fresh perspective and highlights some points we may have not brought up before. The article should be read in its entirety as it provides a wealth of information, but in the interest of time I’ve decided to highlight and discuss the three tips I think are most important for any job seeker to keep in mind.
The first tip, which is a subject I highlighted in a TalentZoo article I wrote, is to turn your personal story into an elevator pitch. Hiring managers and interviewers often have a short amount of time in which to evaluate you due to their own busy schedules. This means that you need to boil your story down regarding why you should be hired to its most basic yet powerful points. Highlight how you got to where you are and the useful skills that you picked up along the way, and don’t be afraid to show some personality (tastefully of course) as well. No one wants to hire a robot that doesn’t gel with the team so smile and be engaging.
The second tip would be to go after what Don calls “foundational” roles and understand why you’re seeking them. A foundational role is exactly what it sounds like: a job that lays the foundation for your career by helping teach you the fundamentals of professionalism. Many times these roles can be difficult (often because it’s a transitional phase in your life and it’s new territory to you) but the experience you gain is invaluable. While I do agree that foundational roles are important, I differ from Don in that I don’t think you should necessarily limit or define your job search based off what you think would be a suitable foundational role. You may look over certain jobs that would be terrific for you, or even teach you more than another, because it may not seem on paper as a true “foundational” role that matches your aspirations at the time. Be open minded about your future and where your career may take you when applying. It’s impossible to know in advance what you may learn from a role or how it will impact you.
The third and final tip is to make sure that your online reputation represents you appropriately. It should be obvious that your social media accounts should be reviewed prior to a job search to make sure there is nothing questionable contained within. Sometimes a simple adjustment of your privacy settings is enough, and other times it’s prudent to review and remove any offending past pictures or posts. A good rule of thumb is if you’re not sure if it’s appropriate, even a little bit, than remove the item. Also be sure to watch your grammar and punctuation errors. Constantly misspelling or shortening words can damage your reputation as attentive to detail should a hiring manager check your social media, especially if you are applying to a position that requires attention to detail.
Review the entire article for a more in-depth review of all these tips and for other job search pointers that are sure to help you during your search.
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