Friday, April 22, 2011

A Job hunter's guide to using social media effectively

If you are looking for an internship or full-time position, you have likely heard that social media sites can help a lot. Many students who I talk to set up accounts on LinkedIn and Twitter, but don't know how it can help. New Grad Life is a great blog to subscribe to! It has helpful and effective job search advice. They just put out a job hunter's guide to using social media effectively. Enjoy!

A Job hunter's guide to using social media effectively

Whether you’ve been laid off, fired or you’re looking to upgrade your current job, social media networks and tools make it a whole lot easier to get a job online. Not only do you have the potential for using your own network to find something, you can use your extended network to help in your search and use social media tools to find the right places to look. Now instead of mailing out resumes blindly you can take a pro-active approach. Use attraction based marketing by building a personal brand on-line that pulls the jobs to you.

Your Social Media Presence: Social media also makes it a whole lot easier for HR to research who you are and get a little background. Maybe more than professional background, so it’s very important that you get out there and see what your social media profiles and presence looks like through a recruiters eyes. As a job seeker this is definitely key! Do some searches on yourself. Try Google first because it’s the most common. Dig more than a few pages down and see what comes up. Then give Yahoo and MSN a try too. You very well may find different information.

Make a list of the positive and negative references out there that impact you as a job applicant and make a plan to deal with them. Ask your college room-mate to take down the picture of you dancing on the bar in a toga with a beer bong. Some things may not be correctable. Have your explanation ready so you’re not caught off-guard. Odds are you won’t need it but be prepared.

Balance out negative things said about you on sites like MySpace and FaceBook by asking your friends to post referrals or positive comments. “Just checked out Anna’s portfolio and she positively ROCKS!!!” can’t hurt you, especially if it’s true. If you have enough positive comments and information about you, the one bad reference will dissapear under the avalanche of positive information.

Your Profiles: Check your credit score and clean up those records too. It’s quite common for an employer to run a credit score.
If you’re new to social media this is a good time to get involved as an online job seeker. There are a host of options out there to help you put your best foot forward and land a job. Creating Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin profiles allows you to reach a variety of people. Create the profiles carefully and choose the people you connect to with an eye for professionalism. I can’t get into friending strategy here, but remember you want to focus on quality not quantity and make sure to build your relationships so people are in a position to recommend you for a job.

LinkedIn: One of the best possible tools for networking with fellow business people. Set up your profile before you do anything else. Get a picture and your resume up to date. If you have a visual CV, link to it. Use the tools available on Linkedin to show off your Power point slides through Slideshare. Import your blog rss feed or your twitter stream.

Now go through your contact databases and start connecting with people. Once connected, take the time to look for the real gems you’ve worked with and give them a recommendation on the site. Do not expect they will automatically recommend you back–but if it’s appropriate–ask for a recommendation. If a former employer or co-worker turns up, connect first, ask for a recommendation second. Not everybody responds to requests like this quickly. It can take a week or more to hear back from some, so be patient. If you’re in a hurry and you have their contact info email them directly and tell them you’re on the market, what kind of job you’re looking for and ask them to post a recommendation. Don’t be shy.

Read the complete blog entry here!and good luck on your job search! Remember that we are here to help too. We will be open during finals week and ALL summer!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Making Those BIG Decisions

Hundreds of Marquette University students will be graduating this May; maybe you’re one of them. Whether you’re pursing professional school, graduate school, entering the professional arena, or taking on a new opportunity, this article is for you!

Making a decision between two or more life changing opportunities can be difficult. Good thing MU Career Services Center (Holthusen Hall, 1st) has a few tips to consider when in the decision-making process.

  • First and foremost, it’s important to keep your personal values, interest, and skills in the front of your mind; writing them down can be helpful as well.

  • That list can now be used to develop your key criteria list – the top things you need in your career or graduate school experience for it to be satisfying. Examples can range from organization size to advancement opportunities, and beyond.

  • Now that you have your key criteria list, begin – if you haven’t already – collecting facts and information in regards to the organization(s) of your interest. Compare the organizations information against your list of key criteria. The organization(s) which most closely match your criteria may be your best bet.

If the decision still seems to be unclear, remember, family, friends, and of course MU CSC Counselors are great people for you to discuss your choices with.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Job Searching Tips

There are less than 20 day left before classes end, if you haven't found a job yet don't panic. Here are some quick tips to help you towards your job search. First Know- your career goals, find out what you are interested in ding right now. Not the rest of your life. We can help you with that process at the Career Services Center if you are totally lost and don't know what you want to do. Be reactive in your job search process

  • Respond to position openings through online systems such as MU Career Manager. Our online system database for job searching is geared towards Marquette students and alumni

  • Use other professional affiliated work sites/job posing sites such as Bigshoes for communications and marketing majors. This can be done by using a search engine such as Google to type your field and association

  • Develop a list of target companies/organizations- think about employers you would like to work for and choose a specific industry

Be proactive in your job search

  • Develop your network- make a list of family members, friends, supervisors you may know and ask questions about any job openings that may know or if they know any one that someone work in your field

  • Do informational interviews with people who work in your field

  • Get on LinkedIn join groups and connect with alumni by doing informational interviews and learning about their position and company

Set time aside to job search- in this market you have to be more proactive in your job search