In the modern market, your job application goes beyond the cover letter and resume. Odds are, your entry level job is a direct result of self-marketing. Making connections via useful social media platforms can go a long way in keeping you updated with career growth options. Taking advantage of online and in-person networking will have you connected to the latest opportunities. Hunting on specialized boards, querying smaller search engines and setting up social meetings are how you can do that.
1. Social Networks to Boost Your Online Profile
Weather you like it or not, there is a good chance companies considering your candidacy are going to take a look into your social media presence. Taking the time to endorse yourself on social media outlets like Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn will give you leverage over other candidates and up-to-date on where you can take your career.
2. Query Smaller Search Engines
Had enough of Google's results? Query the search engines that are more likely to give you results that are fit for your needs. Search engines like Indeed.com or Angel List limit their results to job listings only. Indeed tends to offer more nonprofit jobs while AngelList.co offers jobs available in startups. Take a look at what’s right for you and start your search in the right direction.
3. Target Your Search on Specialized Boards
When you’re searching for jobs via giants like Craigslist and LinkedIn, it’s your responsibility to sort through the postings that aren’t fit for you. Why not let someone else take over? Using a specialized job board like www.Firstjob.com, whose mission is to connect employers with new graduates, is one of the ways you can limit competition and increase your visibility to employers. So, if you’re a recent grad looking for an entry level job, FirstJob is one of the resources you’ll want to use to do this. There are various other specialized job sites you can use to narrow down what you’re looking for from an employer and vice versa.
4. Attend More Networking Meetings
Having an elevator pitch prepared won’t get you anywhere unless you use it. Whether it’s a business convention or a Meetup, get busy putting yourself out there. Connecting one-on-one with someone can land you a dream job that never made its way to an internet posting. Have your business cards and attitude ready and you’ll find results.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.