6 More Tips on doing an Effective Job Search


It has come to my attention that there are some job seekers out there who do not know exactly how to find employment in their field quickly and efficiently. They think they are ready once they have a cover letter and resume prepared. Believe me, there is more to an effective job search than that. A few more tips:

1. Schedule time for your job search and use your time wisely: Now that you are a college graduate, getting the job is a high priority. Treat your job search as a high priority. Decide when you want to work on your job search every day. Morning, afternoon, or evening? I recommend at least four hours per day either on line, networking, or doing informational interviewing with people who are in the industry that you hope to be working in. Schedule your time just like you scheduled study time while you were in college.

2. Continuously apply until you have a job offer: Some people stop filling out job applications as soon as they get a job interview. Do not waste time like that. Continue to complete applications and get your resume out there until you have a job offer. Often we go through several interviews before we land a position. This is normal. The experts say that job seeking is a game of odds. You need to fill out X number of applications to land an interview and you need to go through X number of interviews to land a job. Do not get discouraged. Job seeking is a process; a process that goes a whole lot smoother if you are on top of your game!

3. Get help preparing for an interview: College Career Services departments generally have staff that can help with interview preparation, whether they can offer a video, interviewing tips handouts, or even a mock interview. Many people find it difficult to put themselves in the employer or HR recruiters shoes. If you are one of those people pick up the book, “Knock Em Dead; With Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions” by Martin Yate. I have never read this book cover to cover, but the few chapters I read definitely helped me see the importance of putting myself into the interviewers shoes. If you know why the interviewer is asking the question he/she is asking you are better able to give an intelligent answer.

4. Never give up: If you have to take a job outside of your career goal for a time in order to survive (have an income), do it; but always continue to conduct a job search that will get you into the industry you are striving to get into. Expect to start out at the bottom and work your way up. That is simply how it works.

5. Step back and take a look at the big picture every few weeks: Some people just plow forward applying for anything and everything that even remotely comes close to their skills set. We only have so much time in life, so one must choose the jobs that come closest to our goal. Currently there are more jobs than people out there so you have plenty of job opportunities to choose from. Prioritize all opportunities. Apply for those that you have the best chance of landing first. Now step further back. How are you spending your time each day? Are you spending all your time using one job search method? If all your time is spent filling out on line applications and attaching a resume you are not thinking broadly enough. How much networking are you doing? How much informational interviewing are you doing? Networking is still the #1 way to find employment – that means talking to people, not staying holed up in front of your computer applying for jobs. Try to find that fine balance.

6. Ask for help when you need it: I really can’t say enough about this. If you are a recent college student, have you visited your College’s Career Services office? They are there for you. Friends and relatives can be a huge boost as well. Do reach out when needed.


Things to NOT put on your resume


An article written by Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett has been published by Business Insider, and posted in my Career Services Professionals (LNKD)group on LinkedIn today. Thought I would share (link below).

Be aware that professionals that are a part of the LinkedIn group are already commenting on some of the 29 items that are never to show on your resume. Never do professionals all agree on job seeking processes. All we can do is our best when it comes to what we chose to include on our resumes. It is important to be aware of what hiring professionals prefer, and we get a feel for that by reading articles like this one! We also learn from our mistakes. As you read you will find that this employer/recruiter believes this, and that employer/recruiter believes that. Each of the recommendations you see in this article have an explanation included. See what makes sense to you and go with it.

I have to admit that I was surprised to see the authors of this article blatantly saying not to bother with an objective on your resume. Although I have been suggesting this to our students for over a year, I left it up to them if they wanted to include an objective on their resume or not. I have to say that the authors make a good point. You wouldn’t be applying for the job if you were not interested in the position, therefore what is the point of the objective statement? For over a year I have pointed out, “Why put an objective on your resume, when the first paragraph of your cover letter generally covers your objective?

Another issue within this article that surprised me was the statement that a Times New Roman font is, “outdated and old fashioned.” Already saw a comment from one of our group members who disagrees with this one. My advice has always been to: choose a font that is easy to read. Times New Roman is definitely easy to read, so I do not agree with that little piece of advice, after all, how does a font become “old fashioned?”

Take a look at the article and see what you think.