While I’m not a recent college graduate, I do encounter many young job seekers in my work. After research, talking to Human Resources professionals, and teaching workshops, I decided to create a “crib sheet” to direct you. In the following weeks, I will expand each issue into separate posts.
JOB SEEKER CRIB SHEET FOR COLLEGE GRADS
1. Start interning, volunteering, and making networking contacts.
Freshman or Sophomore year in undergrad isn’t too early to start an internship. If you’re a post baccalaureate job seeker, consider these tactics before you start grad school. Attending grad school without contacts, internships, and volunteer experience is a money pit.
2. Have a professional look at your resume.
You have the option of making an appointment with theCareerDevelopmentCenterof your university as a current student or alumni. Expect to draft at least 3 versions of your resume for inspection with a counselor. You should also attend workshops and develop a relationship with the staff. They may have an internship or a relevant job lead for you.
3. Adjust your resume to the internet application process.
Realize you need to have a fancy formatted version of your resume for Job Fairs/Interviews and a Scannable Resume for internet applications. Unfortunately, formatted resumes don’t scan well and you’ll need to adjust to the new format.. Check out OWL’s resource for resumes.
You are a keyword. In order for your resume to pass inspection in an internet application, you will have to load keywords in your resume. ONET, is a website that you can use to find keywords for your industry. Just type in your occupation in the “Occupation Search” text box and learn how your peers present their work records.
Another valuable research I use in my workshops is the Resume Specific Keyword site. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does deliver a compendium of relevant keywords for employment categories. I have found this list to be a launching point for resume improvements that attract employers for clients.
Check out the infographic from Resunate on the internet application process. This is how larger companies will scan your resume and determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate. The new barrier in employment is the computer. Sign up for Resunate (not the paid account) to learn how to adjust your resume to the job description.
Learn how your would be scored by a professional by uploading it on Rezscore. After consulting an HR professional, I was informed that you had to score at least 79 percent or higher on this software to get an interview. Take the advice this site gives you and make adjustments to your resume.
4. You are a brand.
Google is one the first steps many HR professionals will take before they call you for an interview. . Check your online profile. Delete any damaging information if possible or bury it with a blog or other social media.
5. Network, Network, Network.
If you think applying to jobs via ads in search engines is going to help you get your dream job, think again. The first step to getting a job in this competitive market is to network. According to ABC News, 80 percent of jobs acquired in this market are found through networks. Social media accounts of roughly 15 percent of this phenomenon.
I will cover each topic in depth in the next few weeks. Hopefully, this cheat sheet will tide you over. Happy job seeking!