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
- 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!
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!