Graduates: Job Search Tips That Work

questionIf you just graduated, will graduate soon, or will eventually graduate…it’s time to get going on your job search.

It’s never too early or too late to start.

Getting a Job Takes Work

But you’ll learn a lot about yourself and – it will boost your confidence when you land a job

Be prepared to put in a lot of time. You’ve probably heard that getting a job is a full time job.

It’s true. Think of it as the search process getting you used to the real thing.

Six Tips that Make a Difference

These job search tips work:

Know the value you bring an employer

The truth is the employer really doesn’t care that you need a job. It’s true for anyone. But I think you know that.crying girl

The employer wants to know what you can do for him.

It’s therefore critical that you know what your skills are and how those skills will be useful to this particular company.

Relate your skills/experience to each job opening

Be able to tailor your skills and experience to a particular job.

Don’t expect the employer to do that.

You need to bridge any gap in his understanding about how, say, your job as a waitress relates to the customer service position you’re applying for.

And it does relate.

As a waitress you’ve had to deal with lots of different people. Your job was to make them happy.

If you did a good job and can explain some difficult situations you resolved – I’d consider you for a customer service position.

This is called a transferable skill. Don’t forget them.

Research every company you apply to

Research the larger industry as well.

For example, if you’re interested in Lockheed Martin know who its competitors are.

Is it Ball Aerospace, Boeing?

What are Lockheed’s major markets, products, customers? Is it considered an innovative company relative to its competitors?

Being armed with more than basic information about the company you’re interviewing will allow you to ask smart questions during your interview.

This is the kind of employee I want to have working for me.

Be aware of networking opportunities

diagramThe vast majority of jobs are filled by networking with others.

Take your professors to coffee.

Ask your neighbor’s cousin if he has any connections at that company you’re interested in.

Go to job fairs – but make sure you’re prepared before you step up to the booth.

Your goal should be to network with someone every week. Believe me, it will pay off, as will this One Key Networking Tip.

Stay confident

The results of negative self-talk are crippling, especially in a job search.

Read my post on Staying Confident.kitten and tiger

When you’re busy beating yourself up about not getting a job, you can’t be fully present in an interview; you can’t think straight, and you can’t respond well to questions.

Your negativity will also show in your body language.

One way to build and maintain your confidence is to practice.

Practice answering questions. Practice explaining what you offer the company.

Make a good first impression

The easiest way to do this is to dress professionally, follow the points above, and do three critical, but simple things:

  1. Smile

  2. Firm hand shake

  3. Good eye contact

In my experience these three points will make you stand out from the competition.

Take Time to Prepare

In case you didn’t notice, the common denominator in all of the above tips is: prepare.

It will definitely pay off.

Have a Marketing Perspective

The job market is better than it was a few years ago –  but it’s still very competitive.

You must have a marketing perspective in your job search.

That means always look at things from the employer’s point of view. Ask yourself “How can my background and skills help make this employer’s business more successful?”

With this attitude and approach you ‘ll be way ahead of the competition.

the futureAnd much likely to hear the two sweetest words for any job candidate:

“You’re hired.”

 

 

 

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