Searching for employment – be it the dream job or the next step on the corporate ladder – can be exhausting. There are many other choice words I could use to describe this laborious process such as demeaning, grueling, time-consuming, frustrating, and in my history, each job search is its own monster. As a career coach, I seek to assist those during this difficult process, either as a resource or just an ear to vent to. What I have realized from my own personal experience and that of others, is that a job search doesn’t truly become successful until a ‘reality check’ ensues. For those new to the job search arena, or the seasoned vets, it may be time for a reality check, to ensure each individual has a realistic approach to their career goals. Here are five tips for a successful job search.
Thrivent Financial, Mayo Clinic, Target Corporation, and General Mills, just a few of the great organizations students in the Full-time UST MBA class of 2014 interned with this last summer. 97% of this year’s full-time MBA cohort completed an internship. Business cards were shared, happy hours attended, but days in the office are turning into days in the classroom. This should signify a shift in thought for many, but each student can now apply many new business practices learned through direct experience.
The skills you gain in an internship can be be what sets you apart from the rest in applying for a post-MBA job. In order to capitalize on that though there is a lot to do during the school year. Below is a quick to-do list to ensure you fully utilize the experiences you had this summer.
Finding available employment opportunities has become much easier than that of the days where scouring the Classifieds was the only option. As there are several websites to choose from, some more reliable than others, it may be best to devise a process to your search. Designating days for specific websites, as well as tasks such as revamping resumes, networking and updating social media platforms should all be part of a daily and weekly process for the engaged job seeker. The University of St. Thomas offers two Tommie specific websites geared toward their graduate and undergraduate students that house thousands of “Tommie” employment opportunities, but there are also several other notable websites for job seekers to check out.
Jennifer Bergen, writer for PCmag describes a few helpful websites below:
With more than 50 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searchers per month, Indeed claims to be the top job site worldwide. The free site gives job seekers access to millions of job listings aggregated from thousands of company websites and job boards across all fields. Not sure where to start when looking for a job on such a robust site? Indeed has a list of tips to help you in your search, such as how to narrow or broaden your hunt, what abbreviations to use, and how to use complex phrases within the search field. If you don’t want to search the site every day, you can set up job alerts to arrive daily in your inbox. As of February 24, Indeed posted close to 600,000 new jobs in one week.
Search engine company SimplyHired says it’s working on building the largest online database of jobs. SimplyHired’s search engine pulls listings from thousands of sites across the Web, including job boards, company career sites, newspapers, non-profit organizations, government sites, and more. Users can create an account, which allows them to name, save, and manage searches; manage email alerts; revisit jobs they’ve already viewed; rate and save notes about jobs they’ve viewed; and block specific companies or sites from showing up in their searches. SimplyHired currently has more than 5 million jobs listed from across the Web. Users can browse by state, city, company, industry, or job category.
The site is also a great resource for finding more information about a specific location’s job market. For example, enter Brooklyn, NY and find out basic information about the locale, its job market, the most popular companies offering jobs there, what jobs are the most popular, what industries are hiring, and how the job trends have changed.
Started from the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002,LinkedIn is now the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. There are more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and two new members join every second. Free to use, the site lets members create resume-like profiles—listing work experience, skills, interests, etc.—and then send invitations to others to join their network. Once linked up, a user can view his or her new connection’s network and can quickly form valuable contacts. Users looking for a way into a specific company can search the company’s name to see if they have any connections there. Even if a user doesn’t know an employee directly, he or she may have a mutual contact and can request to be introduced. LinkedIn also functions as a job board where employers post openings and users can apply.
If you’re new to LinkedIn or just want to make the most of the powerful social networking site, make sure to check out our 5 Tips for Polishing Your LinkedIn Account.
So you found a job you’re interested in applying to, but you first want to make sure it’s at a befitting company. Do your research and check out Glassdoor.com, a free career community that gives users an inside look at jobs and companies. What makes the site unique is its “employee generated content,” which includes salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more—all of which are posted by employees, job seekers, and
even the companies themselves. Thinking about making a career shift from copywriting to PR? Glassdoor lists average salaries for specific positions, so consider that before making a move. Also, as most of us know, it’s always good to have an inside connection at the company to which you’re applying. Thanks to a recently launched feature called Inside Connections, users can sign in using Facebook to see if any of their Facebook friends work at the companies of interest.
Tweet My Jobs
Networking used to be something you had to do face-to-face, but nowadays, social networking has made it possible to connect with an employee or employer across the country. TweetMyJobs works to combine social networking and job hunting by seamlessly integrating the user’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. The services brings recruiters and job hunters together, allowing users to receive highly targeted job matches. Users specify what kind of job they’re looking for and connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, TweetMyJobs sends updates about new recommendations by email, mobile phone, or Twitter. TweetMyJobs has over 10,000 custom job channels on Twitter that are tweeting more than 50,000 new jobs each day. The site will also suggest job channels for each user to follow after entering his or her preferences.
Others worth mentioning:
With a job offer on the table, far too many people, especially women, are quick to accept without considering their professional worth. “Over the course of their careers, women stand to lose as much as half a million dollars just by failing to negotiate their first job’s starting salary,” says Lydia Dishman in FastCompany. According to the 2012 Labor Force Survey, females currently contribute to 47.7% of the labor force, 35.4% held management positions and 22.9% detained senior management positions. With the hiring gap slowly shrinking, both sides of the gender fence should remember that a job offer is just an offer, until a contract is signed.
Excellent candidates, those that know their skills and expertise in relation to the position at hand are far better equipped, as well as more confident to navigate the daunting road of salary negotiation.
“Usually the salary range has 10% play,” argues Pat Palleschi, PhD, founder of the Executive Agency coaching firm. The set range is best discussed with the hiring manager in a face-to-face meeting. For those cringing at the thought of taking a hard line in an initial meeting, Palleschi advises starting with a positive statement. “I really want to work for you but to perform at my best, I need to talk with you about the total rewards picture and work with you to create a total rewards package that will be both fair to you and motivating to me.”
As a non-native Minnesotan one thing that strikes me is how loyal Minnesotans are to this land of 10,000+ lakes. Don’t get me wrong, this state, specifically the Twin Cities, has much to offer from boasting home to 20 Fortune 500 companies (third largest of any U.S. metro) to an array of outdoor adventures appeasing any REI enthusiast. However, having grown up and spent most of my adult life on the west coast, I find this geographic devotion unusual. Many of the friends I grew up with have traveled outside of CA for work and accepted job transfers to other regions in the US. This readiness to relocate is not typical of Minnesotans and according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, this unwillingness to take your job search national might not be the wisest decision, particularly if you are a recent graduate.
With an unemployment rate that is improving but still hovering around 9%, being open minded about location is wise for a job seeker. The number of workers who relocated for work was at a record low in 2011 (11.2%), down from 20% in 1985. Yet 32% of companies say they would be willing to pay for relocation expenses for the right hire. So why the disconnect? There are several reasons why many Americans stay rooted ranging from fear of the unknown to family obligations.
Ever wanted to get inside a recruiter’s head? What is he or she thinking when you are relaying past experiences and attempting to answer those behavioral interview questions succinctly with the right amount of detail and passion? What do recruiters deem the greatest interview mistakes and how are they using social media these days? These are a few of the questions that were posed to the recruiters from Target, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moneygram, Datacard and CMD Associates at the Recruiter Panel lunch event held by Graduate Business Career Services on March 6th.
Jennifer Finkelson (Buffalo Wild Wings), Dana Schulz (Target), Stefanie Haglend (Moneygram), Twanda DeBorde (CMD Associates), and Julie Serlin (Datacard Group) spent an hour and half with the full time MBA students providing interview tips and answering an array of student questions. Here is a quick summary of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to applying and interviewing at these top corporations.
There are a couple of routes to take when job searching. The most common and least effective route involves scouring the job boards and applying (along with the thousands of others) to the jobs posted. The method most career coaches recommend is to create a marketing plan that includes your summary/pitch, objective, competencies, and target companies.
Once you have established this plan you can then focus your job search on making connections within those targeted companies and eloquently stating your objective (pitch) when you begin to meet with people.
This post, by Pavi Andaloo, a second-year full-time MBA student, comes from the “CareerLink” blog by UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office.
Are you like me, who thinks of the holiday season as a break from job hunting due to the low recruitment activity going on in companies? If so, I believe we need to change our opinion after reading this article from BusinessWeek, which explains how we can leverage the open calendars of hiring managers during this season and outwit the competition.
Of the activities the author points out, the one that most struck me is: make calls to hiring managers instead of emailing. You have a better chance of getting an answer around Christmas time as business activity is slow at this time of year, and it gives managers some time to devote to personal activities like recruiting.
So get ready to make the most of it, but remember – don’t pester them with calls! One of the best practices we learned from our General Mills career services event last month is “Show patience and deference.”
This post is by Maggie Tomas, a Career Specialist in UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office.
You’ve all heard the statistic that 60-90% of jobs are not found on the Internet and instead come from your network of family, friends and colleagues. How, then, can the Internet be used as a career search tool? It’s best used to research and expand your knowledge on what is happening in your industry now. Here in Graduate Business Career Services, we are constantly perusing the net to see what information is out there for our MBA students and alumni, and how this information can be used to help each land the job of their dreams. We have compiled a list of Five Great Sites You Should Be Reading as an MBA Looking for a Job.
There are hundreds of tips and resources available from the UST MBA office of Graduate Business Career Services. Occasionally, we will pull one out of the file and share pieces of it here on the blog.
One of the biggest challenges in applying for a job, especially if you haven’t got a strong networking connection to the position is “pitching your fit” or explaining how you are the right person for the job, in more ways than just meeting the listed qualifications on the job posting.