Friday Favorites – Top Job Searching Tips

December has been a busy month. With wrapping up job or internship duties, studying for final exams, figuring out your plans for the holidays and possibly even graduating, you might not have had any time to search for a job. That’s where I come in! I’ve provided you with the best job searching tips – from using a job board to utilizing social media. It’s all there!

Job search

If you’re searching for a job for the first time, have no fear! It’s not as hard and scary as it seems. There are many steps, but what better time to do them than over winter break?!

To get started…

  • First, do research. You need to find out what kind of company you would like to work for and if there are job openings. You can usually find a ‘career’ or ’employment’ tab at the bottom of the page.
  • You can also utilize job boards, such as Hawk Jobs! You can filter your search on many levels, you can post your resume so employers might see it, and you can even get e-mail notifications for when jobs you might be interested in have open positions.
  • Then, narrow your search. Which companies have openings in your state, or near the city where you live? Make sure you target your search so you’re only applying for the job you want, not a job that you might be qualified for and you might enjoy.
  • Beggars can’t be choosers. With that in mind, don’t pass up the good job for your dream job.

Create your personal brand

  • Make sure you create a professional profile on LinkedIn, and if your Twitter or Facebook profiles are public, make sure you clean it up incase an employer searches you. Be yourself, but do it with class. (via Ryan Park)
  • Make sure you know your personal brand as well. Mashable has a great step-by-step  formula to show you how you can create your personal brand!
  • Then, prepare your ‘elevator speech’. Now is no better time to prepare your ’30-second resume’! There are many aspects that go into this, and I suggest checking out this article which is all about preparing your own elevator speech.
  • When was the last time you updated your resume? Now is a good time to do that too, before you’re flooded with networking events and interviews!

Network, network, network!

  • Reach out to your network. Talk to your supervisor, your coworkers, even your aunt Sally. They could have great ideas for you and they might even know someone who works at your dream company.
  • Did you know that you can find a job on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook? So the next time your mom catches you on Twitter while you’re supposed to be job searching, just present her with this article by Mashable!
  • This goes without saying, but make sure you are on your best behavior when out looking for a job. If you are dropping off your resume or waiting to talk to an employer,  the employer or receptionist won’t be the only one who will notice you. Dress appropriately, be prepared and be organized.
  • Never be afraid to ask questions! I’m sure employers would rather have a person clearly interested in the company by asking questions than a quiet one not saying anything.

While you’re waiting to be called back for that interview…

  • Volunteer! This will look great on your resume, and you’ll be able to mention that during your interview.
  • Read! Whatever job you’re applying for, make sure you’re knowledgeable on the ins and outs on the type of job path you’re going into and the company itself. Knowledge is power.
  • Travel! What better time to travel than now? Your potential interview, job boards, and dream job will still be there when you get back. If you’re worried about all the travel expenses, think about how quickly you’ll be able to pay them off when you score a new job!

What not to do while job searching?

  • Don’t hide out online. Sure, social networks can have their perks and benefits to job searching, but there are other ways to find a job, such as going to networking events, parties and having conversations face-to-face.
  • Don’t forget to prepare! If you do snag an interview, make sure you’ve done research on the company, have your resume up to date and dress nicely.
  • Don’t be a negative Nancy. Keep your head up, keep networking, and keep a smile on your face.
  • Never give up! Job searching can be tough, but if you stick it out, you may score that job you’ve always wanted.

If you’re still looking for more tips, check out Career & Leadership Development’s Job Search Strategies.

Photo by Kate Hiscock.