Do’s and don’ts for the job search

Posted January 28, 2016 by

An effective job search requires college students to understand how to approach it. What they do or don’t do during the job search leaves an impression that either helps or hurts their efforts. The right preparation leads to the right job search opportunities. Josh Warborg, District President of Accountemps, offers do’s and don’ts for a successful job search.

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Josh Warborg, District President of Accountemps


• “Proofread the job application, resume and cover letter, and then proofread again. Take the time to look for typos and grammatical errors.

• Customize the online resume and cover letter for the position and company you are applying to. If possible, include the hiring manager’s name.

• Make a strong first impression by monitoring your online presence. Many employers perform online searches on prospective candidates to learn about their interests, hobbies, and industry involvement. For recruiters, it’s critical to be mindful of what information they are sharing online and with whom. Be sure content presents a favorable, professional image during your job search.

• Create a LinkedIn profile, if you don’t already have one. Include a profile picture that shows you in a professional light. Enhance your social media image by regularly updating your profile and commenting on industry blogs. Your profile should provide employers with a clear sense of your capabilities and accomplishments.


• Badmouth a former employer. It can be a small world in your industry, and you never know if you will come across former colleagues. Badmouthing could give prospective employers during your job search the impression you engage in office politics and don’t take responsibility for your shortcomings.

• Post any risqué pictures online, as this could deter a hiring manager from extending a job offer or interview. Employers often form opinions on prospective candidates based on inappropriate online content.”

In January, College Recruiter is sharing the advice and opinions of employers and career services experts to help students connect the dots on their path to career success. Check out College Recruiter’s blog and connect with College Recruiter on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Josh Warborg is a District President for Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, overseeing operations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Warborg joined Robert Half in 1995 and has held positions of increasing responsibility since that time. He has been recognized with many industry honors as one of the top executives in recruiting in the Pacific Northwest.

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