Over the past few weeks, several articles have come across my desk that I found interesting. For students in the midst of a job or internship search, they offer helpful reminders, tips, and perspectives on the current workforce. Take a look:
How to Find a Job in 2014 – Gone are the days when sending a resume through the mail and waiting patiently was enough to land a job. It requires some creativity, plenty of initiative, and a lot of follow-up to stand out from the competition.
Take a look at the compilation of advice provided in How to Find a Job in 2014 that will help you open doors to opportunities. Some examples: Link up with hiring managers in Linked in, and don’t skip the summary section of your profile! Broadcast your ambitions to help you reach out to promising contacts. Also, be sure you are actively finding ways to build experience. As a student, that can be through internships, part time work, on-campus involvement, community services, etc.
Top 10 Internet Job Scam Warning Signs – Networking online, as the article above suggests, is a great idea. With 24/7 internet accessibility, however, there are also more online job boards than one can count. That’s not a bad thing! In fact, it’s advisable to have multiple search strategies when you are trying to identify positions, companies, and career paths of interest. However, it can be overwhelming, so I would encourage you to narrow it down to a few sites that you will monitor regularly. This will help you avoid getting lost online!
With all online activities, it’s important to be cautious about the information that you put out there. It’s the same with online job boards; some postings may be scams. For example, if you are asked to provide confidential information, beware. If you are contacted through personal email accounts, think twice. If your “spidey-senses” are giving off warning vibes, take note! Check out this article for more of the Top 10 Internet Job Scam Warning Signs.
Just Graduated, and Fumbling Through a First Job – Although the title suggests that this is an article for people already in the workplace, its contents are just as valuable to job/internship seekers. Expectations for new hires have shifted. In fact, “most companies operate with fewer employees and tighter budgets than ever before, so there’s not as much willingness — or time — to let novices come up to speed gradually.”
Read Just Graduated, and Fumbling Through a First Job for several perspectives from professionals who look back on their first jobs with an attitude of “I wish I knew then what I know now about….” It also includes a link to the results from a Student Skill Index, an online study conducted with nearly 2,000 college students and 1,000 hiring managers to pinpoint gaps between students’ perception of their level of preparation and that of the employers who hire new graduates. Knowing this information ahead of time may help you avoid some common pitfalls in your first job.
I hope you read these articles and find a few points of interest that you can apply to your own job/internship search. Have you read any good articles lately on career readiness or job search tips? If so, send them our way – they may just make it into the next Article Roundup!
Gwen Miller, associate director, career services