We all need a little simplicity in the job search, right? While some have really figured this out, many websites and resources have brought more complexity than simplicity. Let’s call it “simplexity”. I took this idea and broke down job seeker resources into three basic categories: Career Services, Corporate, and Community. It doesn’t have to be crazy complicated. Instead, bring the simplicity back you’re your job search. Without further ado, lease find the 3 C’s of FREE Job Seeker Resources below.
- Most college students have no idea of the services they provide. I know that I didn’t discover Career Services until it was too late. NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) recently surveyed over 13,000 graduating seniors regarding Career Services. Resume help was rated in the top percentile, with interview preparation ranking in the lowest. Here’s the full story: Top 5 Career Services. Take the time to discover what they can help you with in your career search. You’re already paying for it with tuition and fees, so use it!
- There’s a lot that can be learned from the corporate side of things. Whether it’s a corporate recruiters on campus leading an information session about their company, corporate blogs, or company websites (yes, there are some good ones out there), it’s a great way to learn about common entry-level positions, the history, culture and how you’d fit within the company. It’s all about doing your homework, here. If you want the inside look, check out Glassdoor.com. It’s a free site that provides insight into salary, interviews, job seeker and employee reviews and more. Help the recruiter help you. Learn about the company BEFORE you approach their booth at a career fair.
Community (traditional & online)
- Face to face networking can sound scary, but there’s a ton of value in this. That’s why I’m putting face to face above online networking. Each can complement each other, but if you can, I would suggest networking as much as you can in person. It’s easy to do through campus or community organizations such as Young Professionals Network or something similar. Meet new people in the community – they may be able to help you. Go with a plan in mind, though. Don’t just toss out business cards left and right. Know why you’re connecting and don’t make it all about you. Ask how YOU can help.
- Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are popular social networks that have millions of job seekers, recruiters, and HR professionals participating. It’s a great way to learn more about them, build your personal brand (increasing Search Engine Optimization, or SEO), and build your credibility within the network. Another great social network is Brazen Careerist. Also, don’t underestimate the power of blogs (like Campus to Career) to help you in the job search, mature as a professional, and maintain your personal brand. Here are some of my favorite job search/HR blogs: Keppie Careers, Pongo Resume, Real Career Management, Ms. Career Girl, and new to the blog scene, Mr. Career Guy. Check out the Blogroll on the right side of the page for more recommendations.
- Don’t stop networking just because you found (or didn’t find) a job. Use this opportunity to build your reputation and pay it forward, helping those that may find themselves in the same situation that you were recently in.
Everyone takes a different approach in the job search. I would encourage you to use all the resources that are available to you (especially the ones that are FREE).
I wish you the best in your job search. If I can help with anything, please let me know. Just click the “Let’s Connect” tab at the top of the page. I’m easy to find. :) As always, thanks for reading.