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12 Tips for College Grads on the Job Hunt

| June 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

job huntWhat’s your best advice for a recent college grad embarking on a serious job hunt for the first time?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Re-Examine “Job Security”

For some reason, people mistakenly think that working for somebody else gives them more security. Not only is there now a ceiling on how much you can make or what you’ll be allowed to do, but your fate is tied directly to who’s running the company that employs you. If it hits a bad spot, you’re expendable. Always have a plan B in the form of your own projects just in case!
- Travis Steffen, WorkoutBOX

2. Bring Value

Most recent college grads don’t go for the best jobs because they are not confident in themselves or they don’t feel they have the experience. If you are able to show an employer why you would bring a nice return to them hiring you, chances are you will get the job. Know how to differentiate yourself from the rest, and be able to equate that to how you will help them run their business better.
- Louis Lautman, Supreme Outsourcing

3. Don’t Send “Drive-by” Applications

We get a lot of “drive-by” applications where it’s clear that candidates are sending the same cover letters to many companies. Go for quality over quantity of applications. If you take the time to research the company and use its product and service, you’ll have a much better chance of getting to the interview, and you’ll be able to tell a better story about why you’re a good fit.
- Bhavin Parikh, Magoosh Test Prep

4. Use Social Media

More than 36 million people found work through social media in 2011. Establish or revamp your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to be sure that they all look professional. LinkedIn is likely the better option to use if searching for a job.
- Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

5. Be Exceptional

It’s no longer enough to just submit your resume and cover letter and expect a job. At this time of year, millions of recent grads who are essentially the same on paper flood the market. As such, you have to stand out. Recent grads need to be creative in the way they approach their search, persevere past all the no’s while still remaining positive, and hustle, hustle, hustle (take action!).
- Lauren Friese, TalentEgg

6. Forget What Other People Think

The last year of college, everyone is obsessed with getting a job or getting into grad school. Though it may seem like everyone is screaming about their offers on Facebook, don’t buy into the hype. A lot of people will spend a few months figuring things out post-graduation, which is smart. Make sure you don’t just accept an offer because you feel pressured; take your time and find a good fit.
- Heidi Allstop, Spill

7. Conduct Informational Interviews

The hardest part is getting your foot in the door. Use the “recent college grad card” to get informational interviews with people who you want to be like. Ask them what they did to get to where they are. Listen. When the interview is done, ask them if there’s anyone else they’d recommend you talk to. Inevitably, these informational interviews might lead down a path you never knew existed.
- Brett Farmiloe, Digital Marketing Agency

8. Look at Other Resumes

Find someone who owns a business, and ask him for the best resumes that he has ever received. If he doesn’t have them collected, ask him if he can send you a bunch of them. Take a look at the resumes, and pick elements that you like from them to come up with the most impressive-looking resume possible (I’m only talking about formatting and looks, of course).
- Ziver Birg, ZIVELO

9. Prepare for Interviews

When preparing for investment banking job interviews, I had hundreds of flashcards that allowed me to memorize equations and company-specific information. Having a huge volume of information to pull from when interviewing will increase the likelihood that you seem knowledgeable, prepared and trustworthy. The investments you’ll make learning about a particular industry will be repaid with more offers.
- Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors

10. Think of Tasks, not Just Missions

I see a lot of grads looking for jobs where they’re passionate about the mission, which is great, but then they get there and hate what they’re actually doing day to day. It’s important to care about why you’re doing what you’re doing, but it’s also important (potentially even more important!) for you to like what you’re doing every day.
- Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean

11. Know Your Story

It’s rare these days that college students know exactly what they want to do. In the process, they collect a number of different tools (experiences), which can be perceived as random and less than mastery. Assuming you are wicked smart with a good culture fit, you will win over anyone with an authentic and intentional story that weaves your past experiences and your potential into a neat package.
- Matt Ehrlichman, Porch

12. Personalize Your Applications

Customize your applications and resume to show why any job you’re going after is ideally suited for you. In this market, you’ll be competing against hundreds of your peers, most of whom send the same resume and cover letter template to every potential employer. Having a message that is clearly custom tailored will instantly put you in the top 10 percent.
- Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

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  • Asraful Alam

    Fast fact: 82% of resumes are summarily
    rejected, even if you qualify for the job. While the reasons
    are many, the very first reason is this: the visuals are all wrong. No one will
    tell you that your resume is ugly. But if your resume is an assault on one’s
    vision the moment they open the file, they simply will move on to the next person.
    Too many instances of that, and your job search ends up being a long,
    frustrating endeavor.

    Before delving into the specific instances of ugliness and their
    corresponding 1-minute makeovers, I’ll emphasize that even the prettiest resume
    in the world, if founded on poor content, will still fail. The makeovers below
    are best applied when your content, experience, and achievements are strong, in
    order to visually engage the reader. All that said, let’s avoid the three ugly resume moves that are holding you back.

    1) The Structure Is Strange:
    This happens when jobseekers strive to make their resumes look like they’re not
    cookie-cutter. While seeking uniqueness in your presentation is a worthy
    endeavor, avoid going overboard. An overabundance of design elements – multiple
    bullets, multiple shades of gray, tabs to the middle of the page, and tables
    with no real purpose, all add up to look
    like a circus.

    1-Minute Makeover: Select
    two or three design elements, and use those either once or repeatedly. For
    example, use one style of bullets. Those can be in the
    expertise section at the top of your resume, and again in your experience
    section to highlight your achievements. Or, use one element of gray shading.
    That can be applied to your name and to every heading on the resume.

    2) The Font Is Funny:
    Certain font choices do not promote reader engagement. Utilizing multiple or
    different color fonts breaks up the reader’s rhythm – and not in a good,
    attention-getting way – just in an ugly way. Particularly for candidates at the
    six-figure level, there should be no reason to rely on visual
    gimmicks such as this to hold the reader’s attention.

    1-Minute Makeover: Choose
    one font that you find appealing, then vary it throughout your resume. For
    example, your name can be in all caps. The headings can be in small caps. The
    body can be in standard font. The company descriptions can be in italics.
    Additionally, restrict your choice of font color to basic black.

    3) The Readability Is Rough:
    Experienced professionals typically have extensive history to present – ten
    years or more. However, just as in real estate the mantra is, “location,
    location, location,” in resume writing, the mantra is, “white space, white space, white space.” A
    resume without white space is just plain ugly. Furthermore, it hampers
    readability when the content is crammed onto the page.

    1-Minute Makeover:
    Equalize your margins on all four sides of the page. Minimum should be ½”,
    standard is ¾“, and margins should be no more than 1”. In the body of your resume,
    skip lines and be consistent about it. For example, if you skip a line between
    the employer’s company name and your title, do so every time. Another visual
    enhancement is to use the paragraph spacing before and after feature in
    Microsoft Word to add space in between bulleted items.

    These 1-minute makeovers can do wonders for a resume that offers strong content
    but weak visuals. Keep the structure, font, and readability standard, then be creative and innovative in your content.
    That’s how to escape the resume ugliness and put forth a beautiful presentation
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