Networking for Your First Job An overview of techniques you can use to find your next position.
Basic Job Search Where to look to find Open Positions eRecruiting / www.experience.com Job Aggregators This sites crawl the web for postings and add them to their database allowing you to search across many companies at one time www.indeed.com www.simplyhired.com www.Beyond.com Big Job Boards - and there were two These are paid sites and the two largest by far: www.monster.com www.careerbuilder.com
Searching Sites: indeed.comIndeed.com allows for both basic and complexsearching of job postings. The Basic search findsjobs by keywords, industry and location.Advanced Search Options are similar to Google’s With all of these words Show jobs from Job With the exact phrase Boards Or Companies With at least one of Salary estimate these words Location – By Radius With none of these words Age of Posting With these words in Number per page the title Sort by Relevance or From this company Date Show jobs of type – FT,
Searching Sites: simplyhired.comSimplyhired begins with a very basic search. Afteryou enter your search criteria there are a group offilters allow you to pinpoint your search. Here arethe key features you can leverage: Create an email alert Search by Job Type Save the Search Education Search by Keywords Add Special Filters Limit results by Include or Exclude location Job Boards Filter by Posting date Exclude Recruiters By Title Track your Searches Limit results by
Alternative Places to Find a Job www.linkedin.com Search for jobs Join Speical Interest Groups Job Postings here are free and targeted www.craigslist.org Free to post your resume Job Postings are free in most cities Facebook Marketplace http://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/searchapp/?c=job&country= USA&gc=01002&r=30 Search for Jos on Google Sample job search string: economics resume|cv -"sample resume" "great benefits"|"apply to"|"submit resume"|intitle:jobs|intitle:careers
How to Change Your Odds The key is to stand out in the selection process and not be lost in an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Use the internet to research what type of responsibilities interest you and who is currently doing or has done it the past. These are people who can offer advice on what skills the company is looking for, who the hiring manager for a particular group maybe and how they were able to navigate the hiring process and land their present job.
How to Start Networking Leverage the UMass Minuteman Mentors Program Join Linkedin Build out a full profile Include contact information on your profile. Use (at) and (dot) in your email address. Example: john.turnberg AT gmail dot com Send invites to a few of your friends in Linkedin Go all in and invite 100‟s of recruiters www.sixdegreesfromdave.com/MEGALIST.xls Use your expanded network to find new contacts Leverage Alumni Search to find a person who was experience in the role: Search www.Zoominfo.com for additional people
Contact People! Send a Message in Linkedin Send a Message through Facebook Search for people and match their pictures, school or company Simply „Message‟ the person with a thoughtful, professional message Find their email addresses at work Search on Google for: Name +”@company domain.com” Try common email patterns “FILastName@domain.com” FirstName.LastName@domain.com Call the person‟s office and ask for them
Take Control and Make it Happen Don‟t be afraid to connect people by email or by phone Stay in contact with people The best time to network is before you need a job Today is the second best time to begin networking Just because someone does not respond, does not mean they have forgotten you It can take weeks to months for people to reply to you In recruiting, only 30% of messages are returned when calling from a top tier company. Set your expectations appropriately and ensure when you do connect your pitch/message clearly describes your value statement.