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10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« on: November 23, 2009, 04:40:31 PM »
10 Tips to Land a Career in Today?s Job Market


1 What are some of the biggest mistakes recent college graduates make in their job hunt?
One common mistake is waiting until the last minute to apply for a position. Some students see a deadline at midnight and start applying at 10 p.m. Not only will their application be rushed and likely not as strong, they are more subject to making mistakes (spelling errors, etc.) and potentially encountering computer glitches. Also, a last-minute application might be too late ? the selection process may have already begun. Students shouldn?t wait until the last minute to ask for references either.

2 What advice would you give a student whose major isn?t related to his or her job objective?
Majors don?t have to relate to the job ? in fact, many times it won?t. Students must articulate the value of their major to the employer. They need to think about what mindsets they developed through their major, the perspective they gained and the skills they have developed.

3 How important is your GPA when trying to land your first job?
A higher GPA opens doors to more opportunities. Certain consulting firms, investment banks, the FBI and other positions require a high GPA ? 3.5 and above. Some employers use 3.0 as a general cut-off. But this doesn?t mean that a student with a lower GPA is out of luck. The student needs to have an explanation for the GPA (perhaps working full-time while getting an education or pursuing a particularly challenging major), and be prepared to demonstrate other strong skills. Focus on strengths not weaknesses.

4 I had to accept a less-than perfect job that?s not in line with what I studied in school. How do I make the best out of the situation?
The truth is many college graduates spend their first job looking for their second job. It doesn?t define who you are. You should treat the current job as a steppingstone to a better future. Develop a mindset of constantly learning: what can you learn from the position you?re in? How can you develop new skills and build your r?sum? for the next job? Focus on what you can learn, who you can meet and what might show up. And always remember your current supervisor?s recommendation for that next job, so treat the job professionally.

5 How can a job seeker incorporate social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) into their job search?
Carefully. Use Facebook for information on companies. Clean up your Facebook profile if it?s public; better yet, keep it private, including your list of friends. Just remember that even private Facebook pages can sometimes be seen by employers. LinkedIn is better for professional networking.

6 News about the economy is dire and recent graduates are now competing with more experienced professionals for the same jobs. How can recent graduates differentiate themselves from their older, more experienced counterparts?
They come with fewer expectations regarding salary, they usually don?t have the family obligations so they can be more flexible (move as necessary and work longer hours), and they have a fresh perspective because they are just coming out of their educational program. They need to have a strong knowledge base, though, to compete with experienced people. Focus on your strengths.

7 Everyone says networking is the key to finding a job; how do you make that first step in networking? Do you cold call someone at a company you?d like to work for?
No. Look for a way to develop relationships first, then turn them into a network. Start with friendly connections wherever possible: alumni, friends, parents of friends, etc. The best way to network is to just be friendly with everyone you meet and let them know whenever possible what you?d like to do when you graduate. You?re not asking for a job, just stating what you hope to do ? you never know who can help you.

8 Is the traditional r?sum? still alive?
Sure is. It?s just often sent via email now instead of mailed. But the same things apply ? generally one page, great spelling and format, and put important information first.

9 What is the best strategy for crafting a winning r?sum??
You need to make sure that your r?sum? speaks to your new potential employer. To do that, you have to know and use the lingo of the field you aspire to, not the field you?re in. Every industry has its own terminology and part of shifting into that industry involves knowing and using the terminology. Using keywords can save you from being stuck in your past. For instance, if you are a teacher or a tutor and would like to transition to the field of human resources, you might want to use the word ?training? rather than ?tutoring? as in ?trained students in English language skills? rather than ?tutored students in English.?

10 What other advice would you give to a job seeker fresh out of college?
Always have a learning mindset. Look for what you can learn from a situation?whether it?s a job, an internship, a class, whatever. Focus on where you want to go and look for steps to get there ? even if they?re not perfect. Think of it as conducting an experiment. See what happens. Take a risk.

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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2010, 09:29:14 AM »
A very useful posts. am a fresh graduate,since i finish nysc ds last feb,career talk v been mostly on wining cv. please what is winning cv,how does it look like,what shld be included or shld not. do have 2 indicate my my gpa despite nt been in upper credit bt above 3. 0.  I have change my cv several time since yet culd not get an invite 2 all ds graduate trainee or are they by long leg. my really getting tired of my been at home. please who u mind sending me a copy of a winning cv to Kasali_adekunle@yahoo. com.  Thk u

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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010, 05:09:10 PM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 07:17:02 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 01:41:51 PM »
Hello,

Thanks for giving this useful information about the career.  It would really help me.

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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 02:45:53 PM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 06:22:19 PM »
make use of CV distribution websites. they help a lot(the real ones of course). Try www. blackcv. com   www. jobrunner. co. uk.  they actually send your CV to thousands of employers globally. That greatly increases ones chances

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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 11:16:51 PM »
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make use of CV distribution websites.  they help a lot(the real ones of course).  Try www.  blackcv.  com   www.  jobrunner.  co.  uk.   they actually send your CV to thousands of employers globally.  That greatly increases ones chances
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2010, 11:28:43 PM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2010, 10:54:10 AM »
kunlee...i'm sorry. i've been away. and even now it's tough to think coherently.

you see, the world's full of hype. there's no one winning cv.
the most important thing is that fashion your cv in such that it meets
the requirements of the position/job you're applying for...no lies.

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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2010, 04:38:20 PM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2010, 10:05:25 PM »
you left out one more tip: you need basic computer skills! in fact, with basic computer skills, you can build a career/business of your own without having to apply for jobs all over and over again.  jobs will begin to apply for you!
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2010, 09:44:35 AM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2011, 07:09:08 PM »
A very useful posts.  am a fresh graduate,since i finish nysc ds last feb,career talk v been mostly on wining cv.  please what is winning cv,how does it look like,what shld be included or shld not.  do have 2 indicate my my gpa despite nt been in upper credit bt above 3.  0.   I have change my cv several time since yet culd not get an invite 2 all ds graduate trainee or are they by long leg.  my really getting tired of my been at home. 


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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2011, 01:10:01 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2011, 08:29:32 AM »
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« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2011, 08:43:51 PM »
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Re: 10 TIPS TO LAND A CAREER IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2012, 10:28:52 AM »
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