By Matt Krumrie
This email conversation was a recent email conversation between myself and a resume client seeking an internship or entry-level job. This was a quick email exchange where I quickly gave him some tips on how to seek an internship or entry-level job. While this information was geared to someone with little experience, many of these strategies can be applied for anyone in their job search. Here it is:
Client: Thanks for resume. I just applied for an internship at Deloitte. Hopefully it will work out. Do you know any other places/websites, where I can post my resume? I am going to build a account on jobs.com, but I do not know where and how to find internships.
Good to hear. I hope that goes well. A few things I recommend and that you should consider:
1. Indeed.com – this is a great site to look for jobs. It’s like a web site aggregator and pulls in jobs from a number of job boards or locations. You can also search by job title, company name, location, zip, keywords, etc. Try it out and keep that at the top of your list.
2. Look for niche job boards related to your industry. Search industry associations and see if they have job boards and keep up to date with them.
3. Specific companies. If you have specific companies (like Deloitte) and/or see jobs you want, go for it. However, try to connect with a campus career recruiter if possible and make connections about their openings. Search for this person or company recruiter on LinkedIn.
4. Campus career fairs. If you are near colleges, learn when those have campus career fairs. Go there to them to meet with recruiters face-to-face. Bring your resume, work on your pitch and let them know what you want to do. Get a business card and follow-up with them and keep on them. Don’t overlook at any company at college career fair many great jobs are available from companies you may not know a lot about. If no one is at a booth – take advantage of it and go talk to that person and see if there is a fit.
5. The key now is to get experience, any kind of experience, outside of the classroom. I just wrote an article about what employers want from college graduates and more so than ever they want to see experience outside the classroom – I will send you that article.
6. Use LinkedIn – check out it’s job openings, research companies and check out their internship or careers pages. Those are always valuable.
7. Network – use friends, colleagues, resources and make connections to people. People hire people they know.
8. Use your campus career center or advisor if you have one. Tap your professors – who do they know? What opportunities do they know about? Who can they connect you with? Use their expertise and connections to make connections and learn about openings.
10. collegerecruiter.com is another good site. It’s a reputable site with a lot of good info and opportunities.
I hope this helps – best of luck in your search!
As you can see this was a quick email exchange, but in that email this job seeker received 10 tips they could apply to their current job search. If you are struggling with your resume and in your job search, let me know your struggles and we can work together to come up with a resume and job search plan.