What if you could take action now to minimize those mistake or trump them before it happens?
What if you could learn and profit from the mistakes of others?
Kelly Eggers gives you that information in this great piece from FINS. Big fan of FINS. If you’re not spending time there as job hunter – WOW – that’s a big resource you’re not using.
What are you waiting, get over to that site and get better prepare. This is the link to the original article, although I’ve pulled some of its excerpts:
By the way, this article may be about and for 1st time job seekers out of college – nevertheless – there are nuggets of information in here that anyone can use.
And should use.
The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters
By Kelly Eggers
If you’re in your final year of college, be warned: the rumors about landing a job in this economy are true. You should be taking steps today, not next semester, to prepare yourself.
An April 2011 survey conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco Staffing U.S. found that 71% of 500 recent four-year college graduates would have done something differently to prepare for the job market….
“I would have started looking for jobs earlier.”
“I would have actually networked.”
“I would have taken on a job or an internship in addition to my courseload.”
“I would have gotten more involved in career-relevant extracurricular activities.”
“I would have applied to more jobs.”
Many recent graduates regret not putting out more feelers. According to the Adecco survey, 26% of recent graduates would have applied to more jobs prior to finishing school…
Putting your hat in the ring is the only way to be considered for most opportunities. The trick is to keep track of the applications you send out. “Sending in your application for hundreds of jobs on Monster.com will work against you,” said Dan Schawbel, a personal branding expert and author of Me 2.0. Not only is it difficult to remember what you applied for and when, but you’re also likely to send out generic resumes.
Write your resume so it highlights your experience with each position’s requirements. Not sure what your relatable skill-set is? Try creating a Venn diagram that illustrates all of the skills and experience you’ve developed. The overlap can indicate your primary strengths, and the remainder can help you see where you have specific skills related to your prospective industry.
“I would have focused more on becoming ‘professional.'”
Save the sweatpants and fratty T-shirts for the weekend. Replace them with clothes that are fitted, pressed and at the very least casual-Friday appropriate even when you’re going to class. You may think dressing well every day doesn’t matter, but the professors you ask for recommendations will remember your style.
Another way to show your professionalism is to pick up the tab for networking coffees, and send thank-you notes for even a little bit of help. “If someone gives you advice, all you have to do is say thank you after the fact,” Pollak said.
And, of course, monitor your online appearance. Clean up and privacy-protect your Facebook accounts, start Tweeting interesting news (instead of which class you’re skipping), be careful where you “check-in” on your smartphone, and set up a solid LinkedIn profile, Pollak said. Add a signature line to your e-mail account and set up a professional voicemail message.
“I would have done more to figure out what my career goals were.”
“I would have gone to the career center.”
This is what they call a “no-brainer.” You might not think you need your university’s services, but there’s no reason to find out the hard way you did something wrong that could have been avoided.
“College students have an advantage other job seekers don’t — an on-campus career center staffed with people who have one purpose: to help students find jobs,” said Kane of Adecco. “Most career centers aren’t taken advantage of to their full extent.”
Once you get to know the counselors and they know what you’re looking for, they can tell you about new opportunities, Kane said. It’s also a good place to practice your elevator pitch, draft introductory e-mails or cover letters, perfect your resume, or any other measures you don’t want to run by friends or family members.
“I would have kept better track of my achievements.”
“I would have focused more on developing relevant skills.”
“Companies aren’t investing as much in training, so companies are more likely to look for someone who can hit the ground running,” said Kane. That isn’t just familiarity with industry terminology, it’s also having professional “street smarts.”
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