Things They Don’t Teach You in School About Job Hunting |

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Most colleges don’t offer courses in how to find a job after graduation, even though they should. Here I offer a few pointers to help you avoid missing some points that you may not know.

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I want to talk with you today as a graduating senior . . . It hit the graduation trial; your parents have shown up. Congratulations. You are out of school. You think it is time to look for job.

I'm not going to criticize you for things you did not do in the past. I'm just going to make sure you are doing the best that you can in the current climate, given how much or how little you have done to market yourself and to get yourself out and into the job you want to be starting with. This is going to be about tactics that you can use to help you find work.

The 1st thing is that by now you have your generic resume, however good or bad, that is. If you want me to critique it, send an email to me at Among the things I do is critique resumes and will offer you a discount of over what I charge people who have a ready entered the workforce. In the body of the email, but the phrase, "I saw your video." I will charge you $99 (these days, that is 1/3 of what I charge people for resume critiques).

Send me your generic resume so I can review that and, from there, before you submit any organization, tailor your resume to demonstrate the fit. I think the generic resume should be as big and expansive as possible for your online persona. Thus, if you're putting it up on a job board, there is fine for it to be. However, when you're actually applying for jobs, there, you want to demonstrate a fit. My 1st point is about tailing your resume and how important it is.

My 2nd point is about networking. You may not have the biggest network in the world but you do know people who graduated the year before you. If you are not sure where they are right now, LinkedIn has a function that allows you to find alumni from your school.

NOTE: Click on the name of your school from your home page. It was recently changed.

Network with alumni. Network with faculty with whom you have a relationship. Network with everyone you possibly can like family who might be willing to help you. The people you went to high school with who may be out in the work world. Your family. You may not like ask your parents for help, but your parents may know people around the world who might be able to help.

Part of what you want to be doing is what are called "informational interviews." These are meetings where you ask people for advice, but not jobs.

"Hi! I'm a recent grad with a background in such and such. "Reach out to someone who is in that kind of a role already in a particular organization and use LinkedIn for this purpose. You go to LinkedIn and do a search for profiles that fit a particular background or work at a particular organization and message them and say, "hi! I'm out looking for a job. I wanted to see if I could get a few minutes to pick your brain by Skype, in person or some other way. When you think I might be able to speak with you?"

It's a nice strategy where you get advice and put yourself in front of more people, practicing some of the communications that might seem clumsy to so that in this way, you get better. I have videos about informational interviews on YouTube which is at You can search for them. They are or on YouTube.

3. If you or someone with great grades, don't forget venture capital firms. Don't forget investment banks. There are lots of different organizations that hire people into their ranks for what are called "portfolio companies." These are firms that they own that they might be able to point you to.

Get a website for yourself if you don't already have one. There are lots of different services that will give you a space on the web for free. Don't do stupid stuff and keep you resume there is a way of letting firms find it and recruit you. After all, there are a lot of organizations that don't have LinkedIn premium accounts and don't have access to job boards and are searching on the web for them. Use Squarespace, wix or weebly to get a free site going and make sure that is well searchable by using keywords in the resume to reflect the work that you're doing look at relevant answer on Indeed to make sure that you have them..

On LinkedIn, make sure that the line underneath your name reflects the work that you want to be doing. Think about a headline there that would be attractive to someone.

Keep taking classes, what are you doing it online or as part of the program at your university. Keep training yourself to ensure that you remain on top of your game.

For interviewing purposes, figure out what makes you different. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are graduating from schools all over the United States and whatever country you might be located in. You have to think in terms of what makes you different that you can sell against the tide.

I want to be clear that if you have a 4.0 average and think that is a special quality, It isn't. There are a lot of people who graduate with a 4.0 index.

What makes you different?

A lot of resumes will look at online look pretty flat. Put a little color in your resume.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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