Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Smarter Search

I recently met with a senior who was prepping for an interview that afternoon with a local marketing firm. I wasn't familiar with the company he was referring to, so I took a few free minutes that afternoon to check out their website and open positions.  Immediately I saw that this was a firm specializing in "direct marketing."  In other words, door-to-door sales.  Which brings me to an important point: Do your homework when applying to jobs.  As soon as I got to the company's website, I spotted several red flags.  First of all, the company did not request a resume or a cover letter from its applicants.  Second, it was difficult to decipher who the firm's clients were. Third, all social media links were about a year old - very unusual in this field.  Not surprisingly, after debriefing with the student, I learned that he was conducting his job search largely through large online search engines.  While I understand that these type of websites can have a place in a senior's job search, I strongly urged this student to reach out to alums in his field of interest, as well as target companies, rather than simply responding to online ads. It is easy to be seduced by the appeal of easily accessible, seemingly lucrative online job postings, but to really make progress in the job search process I recommend conducting a smarter search.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tip #1: Do Not Text the Hiring Manager

Ever.  You've heard it before, but here it is again: texts are not a professional form of communication. Please, please, do not text the hiring manager or, for that matter, anyone who is assisting you in your job search process.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Eureka! I've Got It!

Finally, after weeks of brainstorming, I've chosen the perfect title for my blog.  As I'm a little late to the blogging game, many of my blog title choices were taken.  Others were simply too long, too boring, or simply nonsensical.  However, "Do Not Text the Hiring Manager" captures just the vibe I'm going for.  As a career advisor to millennials, and as a millennial myself, I intend to use this space to reflect on some of the unique 21st century challenges and topics that relate to both the career exploration process and the field of career development services.