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Posted September 27, 2013 by

Landing a Job in Finance Right Out of College

An accountant in her office checking receipts

An accountant in her office checking receipts. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It’s hard to get into the job market after college, especially when you’re after a job in finance. It’s crucial to get your foot in the door as early and as quickly as possible, which is why you should start even before you officially graduate. With the right tactics, not only can you have a fine finance job waiting for you, you can land a great job with a promotional track. (more…)

Posted April 12, 2013 by

Everything You Need to Know About Networking (that Your College Career Center Hasn’t Told You)

NetworkingVisit any college career center and you’ll realize that “networking” has become the career-search- related buzzword of the century. As a new college grad, you’ll find this word plastered everywhere, and you’ll hear it repeated a hundred times in the avalanche of advice that career counselors and recruiters are likely to offer you.

But very few of these people will actually provide clear instructions on how to “network” effectively. And most college seniors let this word wash over them, because after all, they’re 22, have never held a professional job, and have no “network” to speak of. Simply reaching into your contacts list, calling your “connections” (what connections? Your professors? The manager at the restaurant where you’ve been waiting on tables part-time?) and asking them to hire you just isn’t a realistic job search strategy. Here are a few considerations that can help you make sense of this process and put it to use in a meaningful way. (more…)

Posted March 27, 2013 by

1.8 Million 2013 Four-Year College Grads Entering Improving Job Market

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

With college seniors around the nation returning to their respective campuses following spring break recess, many will undoubtedly turn their attention to their impending graduation and the search for their first post-collegiate job.  A new analysis of the entry-level job market estimates that while the job market continues to strengthen for college graduates, the environment remains highly competitive, which may force some to pursue unexpected career paths.

In its annual college graduate job-market outlook, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. says this year’s crop of 1.8 million bachelor’s degree recipients will be able to take advantage of the 36 consecutive months of private-sector employment growth that has occurred since the jobs recovery began in earnest in March 2010.

“Job creation has been slow, but it has been steady.  Over the past 14 months, private payrolls have grown by an average of 190,000 new workers per month.  There are a growing number of opportunities for job seekers, but the search definitely requires an aggressive approach.  This is especially true for new graduates, who are likely to have less real-world experience to point to in job interviews,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (more…)

Posted January 07, 2013 by

8 Valuable Tips For Navigating Military Job Fairs

CollegeRecruiter.comSo, you are a military job seeker attending a job fair.  How can you make most of this experience?  Here are some helpful tips in the following post.

After attending numerous military job fairs as part of my work, I have witnessed firsthand countless job seeker mistakes that are easily avoidable. The list below was compiled in order to provide useful advice to assist transitioning military service members with marketing themselves more successfully and to help them overcome some common challenges.

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8 Valuable Tips For Navigating Military Job Fairs

Posted August 12, 2010 by

5 Tips for College Recruiting

ERE.net just published another great article for those engaged in college recruiting. This article was written by Kevin Wheeler, President and Founder of Global Learning Resources, Inc.

Kevin’s article first made the point that college recruiting hasn’t been as easy for employers during this recession as one might expect for a variety of reasons. For example, instead of graduates looking for work like they would in a normal economy, many more have chosen to stay in school for a double major or to go to graduate school while still others have chosen to travel or work abroad.  Kevin then provided employers with the following five excellent suggestions:

  1. Focus on brand building and on getting your best employees to engage with students in discussions, webinars, and in ongoing interactive conversations. This builds trust and starts to develop a relationship that can lead to high interest in a job offer.
  2. Let managers do the recruiting. If HR is doing more than 50% of your college recruiting, you do not have an effective program. By using HR staff, you are adding expense and reducing the quality of the interaction that the candidate could have with a potential boss. Avoid the temptation of thinking that HR has some “magical” ability to psyche out candidates or do something a hiring manger couldn’t do. It isn’t true! No one knows the job better or can get a sense of whether a student might be a good candidate or not than a manager.
  3. Don’t focus your attention so much on the school itself. Developing a relationship with a particular school usually means getting known to the placement office. This may have some limited value, but it is far better to get students to join your Facebook fan club or your Twitter stream.
  4. Develop a longer-term approach to recruiting college students. Start your initial contact with a candidate when they are in their freshman year. Build an internship program and invite candidates in to work, even if only for short one- to two-week stints, so you can establish some face-to-face understanding. Follow up with email by offering them research help, mentoring via the Internet, or whatever makes sense and meets both of your needs and abilities. By the time they have entered their third or fourth year of school, both of you will know if there is any commitment in the relationship.
  5. Use print, video, and even campus television to drive candidates to your social media and websites. Don’t waste time on campus-based job fairs. The best campus job fairs attract only a few candidates, most of whom have no interest in your firm at all. Create a virtual job fair that you advertise via the print media. Do this job fair every few weeks and keep up the advertising.

Source: 5 Tips for Getting Ready for College Recruiting in 2011 – ERE.net.

Posted May 02, 2008 by

Resume Tips for Career Fairs and Online Job Banks

If you’re all set to attend a career fair – or are looking to post your resume on an online job bank – and are concerned about how to create a resume for companies you have yet to meet, you are not alone.
Fortunately, there are ways to create great resumes capable of catching the eyes of potential recruiters no matter what venue you’re working with. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Conduct Research to Gauge Recruiters
Whether you’re looking to leave your resumes with recruiters at a career fair, or post them on online job banks, it helps to research the companies you’re interested in working with so that you can better tailor your accomplishments.
Many career fairs spend a good amount of time advertising their arrival weeks in advance. This means that you have time to research all of the companies attending so that you can create one or more resumes for each one you’re interested in working for.
As for online job banks, while you won’t know who is out there recruiting, you can still gain a slight edge on your competition by researching job specifications at the companies in which you’re interested. This way, you can proactively tailor your resume to focus on skills and achievements that will appeal to those recruiters.
Make Your Career Fair Resume Brief and Scannable
At a career fair, it is likely that you will be the fifth, sixth, or even sixtieth person that recruiters have seen that day. Since they might be overwhelmed by the number of resumes they’ve received, it is a good idea to keep yours brief – one or two pages is fine.
Also, it is becoming a common practice for many companies to scan resumes into a computer after they leave the fair. So to be safe, try making yours scannable by using fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma and Courier in font sizes anywhere from 9 to 12 points.
Use Plenty of Keywords When Posting Online
As you have probably guessed, recruiters are busy people with tons of resumes to look through everyday – especially when searching through job banks where there may be thousands of resumes posted. So as a benefit to these recruiters, most job banks offer an on-site, customizable search engine. While this feature makes searching easier for the recruiter, if you don’t include specific keywords in your resume before posting it, it is likely that yours will never be found.
A good way to combat this issue is by saturating your resume with keywords related to your desired job. If you don’t know which words to use, try conducting your own keyword search on the Internet until you begin finding field-related information. It may seem like an unconventional way to create a resume, but it is actually a good strategy for ranking near the top of most keyword searches.
Anticipating the unknown when writing resumes can seem like a difficult task. But if you take the right steps, and have a good attitude along the way, you will encounter your career success sooner than you think.
Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and owner of http://www.ResumeLines.com who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that promote job search success from beginning to end.