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How do I make my job hunt more efficient?

Current Masters of Management graduate student looking to enter marketing industry in an excellent firm located in a big city management marketing career careersearch business

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Andrew’s Answer

Sabrina, great question, and congratulations on finishing up your masters degree. Great accomplishment. A few ideas for you as you start your job hunt:

- Make sure your resume is up to date. I suggest having a section at the top of your resume that briefly summarizes (one, maybe two sentences) your objective in your job search. Recruiters look at tons of resumes per day, so including this near the top will help them understand what you're looking for.
- Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile and it's up to date as well. Often times people will include that they are looking for a job in the headline of their LinkedIn profile to capture the attention of recruiters.
- Use your network. Wether it's people you know personally, or professors or alumni from your grad school, get in touch with anyone you may have a connect to to see if they can help. You would be surprised how willing people are to help a person they have some sort of connection to, even if they haven't met you in person. When you connect with these people, have a brief description of what kind of job you're looking for -- including potential companies you're interested in -- ready to show them.
- As you search, it never hurts to also look for a part-time gig in the area you're interested in, or an internship. If possible, freelance work could be an option as well, but the main point here is to do what you can to continue to build more experience in your field as you look for a job. This can also help you make connections with people who could help.
- Lastly, as you go through the interview process, especially if you don't end up getting a job, always ask 1) for feedback on your application and the process so you can learn and 2) if they know of any other companies you might be a good fit at. People want to help, so never be afraid to ask for it, like you have here :)

Overall, stay positive and keep at it. I've been turned down for several roles throughout the years, and it typically turns out for the best. Good luck!
Thank you so much, Andrew! Sabrina I.
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Rajesh’s Answer

Hi Sabrina

You have got some very good advice from many members here from resume to linkedin profile, let me just add a few more steps that will help you land a good job in a company you woudl like to work

so here it goes, just know that finding a job even when the unemployment rate is very low is still a full time job, if you want to be selective on where you want to be
1. Research and make a list of 10-12 companies that you identify you would like to work for
2. Research these companies and have a paragraph about yourself as to why you are a great fit for them
3. Join Networking groups in the particular area you are looking for employment ( marketing etc); there are many groups particularly for fiannce and commerce which senior executives come present, there are many business schools who invite executive come where you can join and listen and connect
4. Join webinars or calls where the company may be offering to make some links into the organization
5. have on short profile of your self 2 - 3 paragraph which defines you not just personality but your accomplishments and when you introduce yourself share that one page either in person or even on an email.
6. Have a 3 min introduction about your self, practice, practice and practice, so you are confident to speak about yourself
Now you have all the tools and start applying .. and good things will happen .. good luck
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Jennifer’s Answer

Some great advise listed above. I would highly recommend keeping an active Linkedin account. Connect with professionals within your industry of choice and often they will list open positions within their companies. Internships are also great ways to gain experience and again, Linkedin will often advertise these opportunities.
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Kim’s Answer

I recommend keeping a spreadsheet where you can easily see where you applied, when, by what method, which version of your resume you submitted, who you've talked to, what the next steps are, phone and email contact info, etc etc etc.

Because of the ease of applying on-line, companies receive many applications. This means you need to apply for a lot more jobs, AND, more importantly, make the applications count. This means tailoring your resume and cover letter to fit the job you are applying for, IF it is one you are truly interested in. Sure, it's okay to send out the "master" resume to a bunch of places, and maybe get a response. But, spend some time on the ones that count.

Set up email folders and computer folders and use them. Stay organized!

Take a break. Job search can seem overwhelming. You need to take some "me" time, to relax, exercise, etc. When you go in for an interview, you don't want to look like someone who's been locked away in a room doing job search for the last 3 weeks! And, well-rested, you will be more productive in your job search efforts!

Best of luck to you!
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Sahil’s Answer

Hey Sabrina, congratulations on completing your masters that's a major accomplishment.

I would start off by looking at your college's career/job fair online (if you can't go in person) and get a good sense on some of the companies people are applying to and starting their careers from in your space. Once you get a better picture, do some initial research on interview skills, company info, and product knowledge as well. Another great point would be LinkedIn and Indeed for various positions or sites such as Glassdoor for reviews. Using your connections in the space whether it be people already working in the space or mutual connections always help when trying to break into a specific company/industry as well.

Hope this helps, good luck!
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Mayra’s Answer

Here are my job search tips!

1. Create a targeted company list. In other words, what companies do you want to work for? Don't just aim for the top 500 Companies like Facebook, Google, or Disney. Think more local, what are some great companies you want for in your City?
2. Find connections. Do you know anyone at those companies? Ask your friends and family, they may not know anyone but they may know someone else that does.
3. Create your Linkedin profile make sure it's completely filled. There are tons of online information on how to complete your profile as a jobseeker. Then, start connecting, with people you know and people you don't know.
4. If you can't find a connection at that company, that's ok. Simply look up the company/business organization and schedule 15 minutes with an employee with a similar role, recruiter, or manager. DO NOT ask for a job. Your job is to ask questions, this is called an informational interview. Ask what is like to work there? What do they look for in their employees? Etc. (Google informational interviews so you can prepare yourself on how to navigate this process.)
5. Network and Social Media. Job searching is all about connecting with people. Again, you are not asking for a job directly, you are simply engaging with people, and in that course of building relationships, you can ask for their advice. Most people like to help, so if they feel you are serious and won't make them look bad, people will make introductions. So, your goal is to connect, connect. Attend networking events, follow and connect with people online/offline. A word of caution if you choose to connect with people on social, please make sure you clean up your profiles. This is all part of personal branding and your message is very important.
6. Prepare your marketing materials. Yes, you need to have a great Resume, Cover letter, and a good introduction statement. The introduction statement also known as an elevator pitch is just a simple statement of who you are and what you can do. Before you prepare your resume, please google and get more information on how an ATS - Applicant Tracking System works. Many companies use an ATS and can become your worse enemy if you don't get ahead of it.
7. Make a weekly plan. How many one-on-one conversations will you schedule? How many connections will I make online? How many messages/emails will you send? How many applications will you submit? How much research will you conduct?

WORD OF CAUTION
Lastly, if you are a minor please ask your parent to be involved in your job search process. Especially if you are making connections online and offline. Always make sure you are accompanied by a parent or an adult. Of course, if it's a formal job interview your parents can wait in the car but if you are conducting informational interviews, or connecting with professionals, please keep an adult in the loop. If you are not comfortable meeting professionals, schedule phone calls or schedule interviews at the place of work and again make sure you bring an adult.
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David’s Answer

Hey Sabrina,

I would suggest thinking about the wide variety of roles within Marketing function in an organization. As you are creating your job hunt, think about the operation side as an entry point as many organizations will partner Marketing and Operations together. This will lead to supporting promotions and managing projects and products through their various life cycles. You can also check out paid internships with most major companies. If you are flexible, expand your search and beyond the major metro areas you could find a lot of opportunities in the smaller markets. Check out the Verizon Internship Page linked below. Good Luck on your search!

https://www.verizon.com/about/careers/college-students
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Vani’s Answer

Hi Sabrina!

LinkedIn can be your best friend in this situation. Keeping your LinkedIn projects up to date is a great way for recruiters to get a good sense of your strengths and experience. Using the "Looking for a Job" feature can make you more visible to recruiters which is a great way to become seen. Talking about recruiters, they are a great resource to get more information on positions available at their companies. I personally connect with recruiters from companies I find interesting on LinkedIn, they post a lot of job openings frequently!

One tip I have received is to keep your resume template fairly simple. A lot of companies use a system that scans your resume and it can have a difficult time reading fancy templates.
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Luis’s Answer

Sabrina, great question! You absolutely want to have your general resume ready to go, LinkedIn profile updated with a solid professional picture, and create a job search plan.

In regards to resumes, you should always have multiple versions of your resume that you create based on your standard general resume. I saw multiple versions because you should make tailored resumes based upon the job description you're applying to. For example, if someone in Supply Chain wants to go into Finance and they gained financial experience while in Supply Chain, then they need to make sure they adjust their resume to show lots of content around the financial and operational data and KPI reporting, analysis, forecasting, etc. When you read a job description, you may notice certain tasks, experiences, skills and software you already gained in your relevant or irrelevant jobs, so you want to adjust your resume based on the job and the experiences you have for that job.

LinkedIn, always make sure it's updated and you have a professional picture (this is not Facebook, Instagram, etc.). This is one of the best places to find a job or connect with people that may be able to help you find that job.

Create a job search plan. You don't want to apply to 100+ jobs, as that's time consuming and probably not strategic. Although landing a job is a numbers game (the more applications and interviews you do, the higher the rate of you landing a job offer), you're much better off applying to a dozen jobs that match your experience, interests and network than applying to 100 jobs and hoping someone calls you. Narrow your search based on filters and see how many jobs align with your criteria/considerations. If you find a job posted on LinkedIn, see if anyone in your network is a current or former employee there and if they could help make an introduction. Additionally, you could look up HR people at that company to network, connect and share your resume.
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Henry’s Answer

1. Try to create a few resume templates, each one targeted for some type of role that you are interested in that way you can make minimal modifications when sending to a specific company.
2. Look up specific companies, find out what they do and try to connect with someone who works at the company to get a sense for what they do/what's it like to work there.
3. Continuing education to make sure you understand current and future trends in your own respective industry.
4. Understanding common jargon in your industry/field.
5. Understanding what recruiters look at.
6. Finding out about the interviewing process so that you can prepare adequately for questions or knowledge that they might ask you on the spot.
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Michael’s Answer

You obviously have a good platform to spring from. That said, there are an assortment of potential opportunities akin to what your target parameters are. So my advice to you would be to identify resources at the the firms you are interested in joining and work to arranging a meeting with those select personnel or attend an event or conference that they are accustomed to attending. Worst case, I would send a direct communiction to them. Leveraging tools such as LinkedIn may be advantageous. Lastly, there are key industry forums that can be contacted who may have inroads to or be aligned with the excellent marketing firms you have targeted.
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Pamela’s Answer

Does the school you're attending offer any Career Services assistance? Is there an alumni office that maybe has connections other alumni in an industry you are interested in? Marketing casts a large net... any contacts you can make ... before you graduate would be helpful. Attend any career fairs you can.... maybe even ask your professors if they have know any alumni's you could talk to.
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Eleanor’s Answer

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is polished, up to date and that your recruiting settings are set to ON with your location preferences, etc.

Go to your profile on LinkedIn (make sure you're signed in), and you'll see the section just under your header/picture where you can update your work preferences. I would suggest having it open to all and selecting the cities you are targeting. With today's job market, that should help you narrow down who's contacting you to relevant cities/companies. Good luck!
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Ruquayyah’s Answer

Hello,

There is a ton of good advice regarding this question. As networking is huge benefit in looking for a job, you should definitely access social media outlets such as linkedin and job recruiting sites. Also, if you are able to connect with a headhunter they can be very valuable in your search process as they are directly connected to the hiring company.
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Taylor’s Answer

Congrats! A few things that help me in my job searches
1. A spreadsheet with Columns (Company, Job Title, Date Applied, Response from company (Y/N), any other details, etc)
2. Set up automated emails for jobs that you are interested. You can do so on Glassdoor and you can choose the cadence as well. This helps get jobs delivered to your inbox on days that you dont have time to search!
3. Set a goal for yourself on how much time you would like to spend on your job search daily/weekly IE 20 minutes a day or 5 hours a week and work towards that goal
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Manda’s Answer

Congrats on your accomplishments! You have some great advice here. I definitely agree about completing your LinkedIn profile with as much information as you can. In marketing, it also helps to have a link to a portfolio of projects you've managed. One way to make your search more efficient is to work with a recruiter who can connect you with opportunities. If your LinkedIn profile looks great and contains keywords, recruiters might start finding you! But you can also search for recruiting firms in the cities of interest who specialize in marketing. Recruiters are typically paid by the employer, not the candidate, and they can help your resume stand out from the hundreds of others that the employer might receive. Good luck!
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Patric’s Answer

The best way to start job hunting is networking. LinkedIn is one of the best networks which offers contact to the recruiters for the jobs posted 70% of the time. Create your LinkedIn profile , keep it the most updated and send your Resume across multiple organizations , don't stop with one and wait. Ensure to follow up if you're sending a note to the recruiter. Connect with strangers but do add a note about your intention for the connection request.
Additionally use platforms like Indeed and Zip recruiter update your Resume.
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Riccardo’s Answer

Hi Sabrina,
Congratulations on your achievement.
My advice is to look for companies with early career programs. Very often multinational organization offer this type of programs, which help hiring talented people and accelerate them through the first steps in their career.
As an example, Microsoft used to offer the MACH Program, and you can refer to the following page to get a sense of what is currently available
https://www.microsoft.com/en-IE/earlycareers/programs
A few advice from my side:
1. Decide which Industry attract you the most (I would also suggest you consider employability in that industry and demand for the next years to come)
2. Look for the to 10-15 top companies in these industry, possibly with subsidiaries in the regions you are planning to live in
3. Look for any early career program they could offer and understand the requirements to apply.
4. Apply and be ready for very comprehensive interview loops and panel interviews. Be ready to compete with your peers!

I've seen dozen of talented young graduates in my life benefitting from such programs, now covering management and executive roles!
Go for it!

Good luck,
R.

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Grace’s Answer

Hi Sabrina. There are some fantastic answers here, but I will add the two things that made my job search the most efficient.

1. Only apply to jobs you think you'd actually want. Anything else -- too low a salary, not relevant to your long-term goals, a company you don't want to work for, etc. -- is a waste of your time.
2. If possible, try working with a recruiter. There are plenty of temp agencies that you can get associated with for free, and their recruiters will help match you, not just with temp jobs that could turn into full-time positions, but also with positions that are full-time right off the bat. You can look on LinkedIn, or search temp agencies in your area. Some of the bigger, national temp agencies have a fantastic network and access to numerous resources.
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Andrew’s Answer

I have already seen some great responses from others. Here are my thoughts.

Marketing is a very broad term. What are the attributes that are driving your search?

For example:
- Is there a particular industry you are experienced with or passionate about such as retail, manufacturing, hospitality, travel, information technology?

- Do you prefer to work in a large or small company or does that matter?

- Is there a particular part of the country or world you want to work in? That could have an impact on the types of marketing firms available and the industries they cover.

I can't stress enough the value you can extract from LinkedIn. Use it to reach out to people in the companies you are interested in. People hire people they know and like. You don't want to be an anonymous resume submitted through their hiring portal.

Lastly, find recruiters that have expertise is hiring marketing professionals. It doesn't cost you anything to share your resume and get them working for you however they may charge you a fee to update or modify your resume and provide interview training.

Good luck in your search!
Andrew

Andrew recommends the following next steps:

Create or update your LinkedIn profile
Update the status to show you are looking for a job and the types of jobs you are interested in so recruiters find you
Post any and all accomplishments you feel would make you stand out
Reach out to marketing professionals on LinkedIn and request 20 min to get their thoughts on the various firms out there
Join LinkedIn marketing groups and other social media groups. NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK
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Melvin’s Answer

Leveraging digital avenues such as Indeed and LinkedIn.
Could you please add more details to this? How can the student leverage LinkedIn or Indeed? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Krista’s Answer

Use Indeed as a primary search option. Once a position is posted, check with your networks to see if you have any connections to the organization or company. Utilize your contacts to find a pathway into the company.
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Jeegnesh’s Answer

There are some good suggestion regarding having an updated linked in profile and resume. One of my former director had given this advise "Create a brand for yourself" and opportunities present itself. To create a brand, you must know what you want to be known for and figure out who you are. This translates into any industry and people always remember a brand.

Also, practice your 60 second elevator pitch.
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Cody’s Answer

In today's world LinkedIn is key in the job hunt. If you have not yet done so, create a complete and professional LinkedIn profile. Highlight any professional accomplishments. Build your brand by sharing posts, ideas and blogs about things you are passionate about. You'll have recruiters hunting you down in no time! Good luck!
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Sanjana’s Answer

Job hunting is definitely a tedious task. It can take several applications and rejections before you get the one offer you are happy with. My suggestion is to make the most of the resources around you. Some resources that have helped me to not only find and apply to various roles but also speak with recruiters include LinkedIn and college career portals. If you do not already have a LinkedIn profile, I recommend creating one with your most updated experiences, awards, and education. Search up keywords that relate to the kinds of roles you are interested in. Since you mentioned you are a current graduate student, I also recommend checking and seeing if your college has career fairs or uses tools like Handshake and trying those out as well.
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Anthony’s Answer

Please, note the following :-
1. Keep on searching, especially
online, with perseverance.
(MARKETING INDUSTRY).
2. Focus always on your goal or
vision.
3. Consider the extent of your
interest and knowledge in the
industry.
4. Your ABILITY to perform well
if employed should be analysed
first.
5. When employed, honesty,
faithfulness, transparency and
dignity are expected to be
carried out in all your activities.
6. Best wishes.


Thank you, Anthony! Sabrina I.
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Bruce’s Answer

Have a notebook and calendar, write what you have done, and note deadlines for follow-up. And, look further than traditional industries. Look into professional services companies, government entities, and non-profit. Marketing skills are needed everywhere!
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Stacia’s Answer

Hi Sabrina,
Congratulations on this milestone. You were already given some great advice so I will just add this:
Don't limit yourself to just marketing firms. There are some excellent corporations that have huge marketing departments
Do your research on the companies - their track record, their values, their stability
Use the network you have built - peers, professors etc.
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Jeff’s Answer

Hi Sabrina,

Congrats on your degree! As someone who slogged through job applications to get into a role as a technical support engineer and a new career, I have a couple of suggestions: First, I'd do some soul searching on your end for what you want to look for in a position. The sooner you find out what is a "red flag" to you, you'll know what sorts of jobs and companies to avoid. Then do the opposite and find things that you absolutely must have. When I was applying for my job, I pointedly asked many interviewers if they (the company) was supportive of continuing education and career development. There's a lot of jobs that are great out there and then there are a lot that are not and finding out what matters to you will really help streamline the process and help you determine where to put your efforts.

Best of luck!
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Glenn’s Answer

Make sure your LinkedIn Profile is exceptional, add a relevant picture to your banner, add a vision statement to that banner picture like: Helping companies with their skills shortage. Something that tells them that you can help them solve a problem. Make sure your picture is current and taken by a professional photographer. Work on a summary for your profile. No more than 2 paragraphs and tell them how you can help them with your skillset. Many times when you are done with your summary you can pick an idea from it and use it as your vision statement. Take a screenshot of your current LinkedIn page and paste it into PowerPoint, that way you know the exact size of your banner. Search the web for a picture that might tell a story about you or a professional background about the job you are applying for. Make sure if is about the employer and not about you as much as possible. Why you, how you can help, what experience you might have in solving their problems and why now. Good luck and good job hunting.
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Ganesh’s Answer

Sabrina, You are at one of the first important points of your professional carrier. There are already many good answers here, below are my 2 cents!
1. Research about top companies in your preferred city and start applying for Jobs on their carriers page. If there are any openings you can apply and also connect with specific HR's and Marketing Heads on LinkedIn. Also, see if you can get some people from LinkedIn who could refer you internally.

I suggested that at this initial stage your carrier don't worry too much about big companies in big cities. Just target to get into whatever your get and start building your carrier. What matters in the next 2 years is good experience and skills.

2. CV: Lookout and do a thorough research of Marketing profile Job Descriptions of top 10 -15 companies. Understand the language and add those commonly occurring pointers/keywords/Skills/Tools/Technologies that suit your experience, interests, and profile. This way you will get better profile views. See if you want to pay some nominal amount and get your CV Highlighted by the Job Search Agency

3. CV Update Frequency: Update your CV on a daily basis (morning times preferable) as there are thousands of Fresher profiles so that your CV comes on top whenever HR makes a search the Database.

4. Leverage LinkedIn and build connections with Marketing related folks and follow Marketing Channels, there are a lot of jobs posted in messages nowadays, (apart from LinkedIn Jobs) You will receive them or you can also do a keyword search as well.

5. Keep adding certifications' definitely there are so many areas like Digital Marketing, Marketing Automation which are hot skills now.

6. Check with your College friends, Relatives, for Job references

7. Check for any Internship opportunities as well.
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