Table of Contents Tips 1. Use a Variety of Methods 2. Build Your Network 3. Research 4. Be Proactive 5. Develop Promotional and Marketing Tools 6. Focus your Search 7. Conduct Informational Interviews 8. Participate in Campus Recruiting Programs 9. Consider Temporary Work, Interning, or Volunteering 10. Plan Strategically for Your Next Opportunity 11. Get Organized 12. Follow-Up Questions?
Tips Set specific and manageable goals Unrealistic and broad goal: for the week to get a great job Realistic: for the week to make 3 new contacts in your target industry, spend an hour doing web research on your target companies, attend 2 employer information sessions, check BU CareerLink 3 times Set aside time in your schedule devoted to it Create a weekly to-do list Including what you will accomplish for the week How much time you will devote to each action Tasks with ongoing basis Checking BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) for resumé submission deadlines, job postings, and upcoming events
1. Use a Variety of Methods Common strategy: apply to advertised jobs Responding to job postings in newspaper, Internet websites, and professional publications BUT: only 20% of job openings are posted Research target organizations Consult with the Pardee Library to identify company names and research resources Use BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) and other web resources to research your field and identify potential jobs Networking and directly marketing your skills Avoid using large web-based Internet sites Success rates for this tactic are extremely low Work in groups to brainstorm ideas Some knowledge may be irrelevant to your search but vital to others’
2. Build Your Network “What if I don‟t„ know any professionals in my field or at my target company? Begin with who you do know or with personal referrals including alumni, faculty, family and peers Put the word out that you are looking for a job in a particular field Follow up promptly on any leads you receive Take part in campus and SMG events Student organization-sponsored panels, alumni events, career fairs, and employer information sessions Use the Career Advisory Network Always be sure to follow up informational interviews with thank you notes Keep these contacts updated on your progress
3. Research Research on your target industry, firms and positions Before you send your resumé or your cover letter Learn about those companies Can ask informed questions Demonstrate your accomplishments effectively Articulate your match to the company’s culture and mission Identify those that match your values and interest Determine websites, professional journals, and newspapers that will be useful to you in your job search Check them regularly Check out websites of relevant organizations Many offer discounts on student memberships and trade conferences Great way to meet people in the industry
4. Be Proactive Contact the manager of the department or division where you want to work for each target company If you couldn‟t establish a personal contact within the company Visit the company’s website Check some of the electronic research resources Simply phone the company to get the name of the appropriate manager Requires preparation, research, practice, and persistence
5. Develop Promotional and Marketing Tools You are the product Your resumé and cover letter are the tools Your potential market is your target company Be specific Your interests Relevant skills and experiences How you will contributes to the organization Tailor each cover letter and resumé to the position, hiring contact, and company
6. Focus Your Search Avoid both the restrictively narrow and the unreasonably broad search Narrow it to be effective and specific Broaden it to include traditional firms in addition to those on the cutting edge Look at smaller firms, related industries, and competitors Employers can identify a generic and unfocused resumé and cover letter It reflects ill-prepared attempts to find ANY job Develop a list of target companies based on your industry and geographic preferences Aim for a long list so you can edit down as you learn more about company Use contacts from trade organizations, student groups, and other networking contacts to build the list Provide a brief description of each company on the list Keep the list by the phone in case an employer calls
7. Conduct Informational Interviews Set up one by following up with contacts Those you may meet at career fairs, information sessions, or networking events Utilize the Career Advisory Network Identify alumni interested in providing career advice Obtain “market-based” advice About job opportunities and career paths in a specific field, industry, or organization Learn what it takes to do well Purpose: obtain information Not to ask for a job!!
8. Participate in Campus Recruiting Programs Check BU CareerLink (Undergrad or MBA) regularly For recruiting deadlines, dates of information sessions, career fairs, and career-related events Attend information sessions Crucial to attend one of every employer for whom you plan on submitting a resumé If you have to miss an information session Try to come in a few minutes before to introduce yourself to the recruiters Let them know you value their time and you are truly interested in what they have to say
9. Consider Temporary work, Interning orVolunteering Get an insider‟s advantage Especially when it comes time for the company to fill a full-time opening Develop skills that pertain directly to the department or position you seek Growing trend of “Temp to Perm” positions Employer gets an opportunity to assess a new employee before making a position permanent
10. Plan Strategically for Your NextOpportunity On average, over a lifetime, an individual will... Change careers 5 times Change jobs anywhere between 15-18 times Each position you take Should strategically prepare you for the next step in your career Each networking contact Should bring you closer to your goal of connecting with the hiring manager
11. Get Organized Create a spreadsheet filing system Keep track of names, addresses, titles, contacts, e- mails, resumés sent, and responses received Should not be organized around post-it notes Can use a daily planner or simple database Whatever system that works for you You never know when you‟re going to get a call from an employer Better not to get caught off-guard
12. Follow-up Most Important: what you do with the names and contacts you have gathered Timing and follow-through may be particularly important in securing your job Follow-up on All contacts you make All resumés and cover letters you send All interviews you have
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