We hear it all the time at the Business Career Hub: trying to find a job can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. The good news is there are some effective job search strategies you can use to make your life easier.
With that in mind, we recently hosted a Twitter chat on Effective Job Search Strategies, bringing in a variety of experts to help you figure out the best approach to your job search.
Here are some highlights from the #BizHubChat:
1) I’m graduating soon, how much time should I dedicate to job searching each week?
Our experts agree: you should dedicate some regular time to your job search as you prepare to graduate, but you should also keep your eyes open to opportunities from non-traditional sources. Make sure to maintain your work/life balance when taking on the job search by blocking out some specific time in your schedule. Clearly identify your tasks and goals and start looking earlier than you think you need to.
— Dan Kennedy (@dandankennedy) January 28, 2016
2) Does TRSM offer any job search resources for students and alumni?
Yes! From skill-building workshops to resume-specific sessions and networking tips, TRSM’s Business Career Hub offers students and alumni a ton of services and resources. Be sure to follow the Business Career Hub on social media so that you can keep up with the many workshops, events and job advice on the go!
3) I have no work experience. Are there any tips on how to get started with my job search?
You have more experience than you think you do! The key is to demonstrate how your relevant skills have been used in another capacity, even if they haven’t been used in a formal job environment. Think of your extracurriculars: student government, societies, volunteer work and even involvement in competitive sports demonstrate skills that can help you land the job and will set you apart from the crowd!
There is also lots of other advice out there that’s worth reading. Check out this piece from Fast Company for 10 helpful tips.
A3. No work experience is OK – demonstrate how you’ve used the relevant skills in some other capacity #BizHubChat
— Medhat Sedarose (@msedaros) January 28, 2016
4) With tough competition in today’s job market, how can I stand out from the crowd?
Stand out from the crowd by demonstrating your knowledge of the company you’re applying to ,and make sure to tailor your applications to each specific company. Employers like talking to people who show a genuine interest. A personal brand can also be important: know who you are and what skills you have to offer. Be proactive by making connections and building your network, and demonstrate your knowledge by providing a portfolio of your work.
Remember to communicate clearly who you are, what you want and what you can offer a potential employer.
5) As a recent grad, which online resources can I utilize to land a job?
The Business Career Hub website, obviously! The BCH offers tons of online resources. You should also ensure you are using online tools such as LinkedIn to their fullest potential, and use job boards such as Magnet to connect you with amazing opportunities.
6) Should I be on Social Media when looking for a job? Are there any benefits?
The short answer is yes. Employers and recruiters are on social media and you should be too. Plus, it gives you a great opportunity to amplify your personal brand and own your online presence so employers see you in the way you want to be seen. But be sure to be smart about what you post!
Check out this infographic for more information on how recruiters use social media to find the right candidates.
7) What steps can I take to conduct an effective job search?
Conduct an effective job search by connecting with your Business Career Hub consultant to build a plan, start by reflecting internally to ensure you understand yourself and your goals, and only apply to jobs you’re truly interested in. Be sure to network, attend events and set up informational interviews. And finally showcase your potential by building a stellar cover letter and resume, and rock that interview!
— Chelsea C. (@ChelseaC1414) January 28, 2016
8) Can I write a generic resume and cover letter for every job I apply to?
No. Just no. Put yourself in the position of the employer. Would you be impressed by a candidate that didn’t make an effort to tailor his or her application? Think about what a generic application might say about the type of employee you will be.
Customize your cover letter and resume for each job you apply for. Employers know when they’re reading something generic. Make sure you land in the ‘YES’ pile. Get customizing!