Since the beginning of April, many of us, especially seniors, have been wondering where the semester has gone.
Summer is right around the corner, but an even greater event is looming for all of us fourth years: graduation. For some of us, graduation is an exciting time because it is opening the doors of a new chapter for our lives.
For the rest of us entering the post-grad world without a job, graduation impends upon us like a dark, stormy cloud. Resumes, cover letters, applications and interviews are all things that can be more than a little daunting when applying for a job and starting down your career path.
Yet, knowing which tools to use can make this step less painful.
A resume: that 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper marks all of your skills and experiences in the past four years.
After researching ways to improve my own resume, I stumbled upon “Resume Bear,” an online resume builder tool.
You can upload your own resume or follow the steps they give you to showcase your experiences in an even better format than the one you just printed out.
You can then send your resume off to the job listings “Resume Bear” lists, but it doesn’t just stop there.
“Resume Bear” offers real time statistics highlighting when your resume is being viewed or forwarded on by notifying you via text or email. Helpful, right?
What doesn’t Google have? Google Alerts is a notification service that allows for you to keep track of different subjects that concern you.
Entering in a company you are interested in working for, your own name or simply employment buzzwords will keep you up to date.
Google will send you an email as soon as a new result pops up, ensuring that you know what is out there about yourself and that company you hope to have your foot in the door with.
Although following Britney Spears and other celebrities may be entertaining, following prospective employers may prove to be more helpful than you think.
Many companies now have twitter handles dedicated to their own job pages. They often send tweets out notifying candidates of opening positions that you can apply for.
If you are wondering what openings they have or questions about a position, try tweeting at them. They will usually respond and it will set up some type of flag letting them know you are interested.
Want to take it a step further? If the responsive tweet proves successful, try direct messaging them with your online resume.
By now most of us have a LinkedIn Profile. Creating a LinkedIn profile has become a standard for almost any professional or up-and-coming professional in the job market.
If you don’t have one, I suggest you get on this social media bandwagon. Besides listing your credentials, you can also see which individuals were recently looking in on your profile.
Check LinkedIn’s job listings and cater your profile to the job you are applying for.
Knowing the ins and outs of the employment world is extremely helpful when applying for jobs.
There are still things that won’t reveal themselves until you actually experience it all, but having small helpful hints, like the aforementioned ones, can make the campaign toward your career path a little easier.
The process might be intimidating, but many that can attest that the outcome is sweet.
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