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Posted May 23, 2016 by

5 tips to manage a stress-free online job search

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Today, most job searches are conducted online. Although some parts of the country will still focus on more personable job searches, the majority of young Americans will be searching for their first entry-level jobs on computers. Online job searches are both convenient and troublesome. Recent graduates no longer have to go to an employment agency’s office or endlessly drop in on various professionals in order to gain employment in a company; rather they can conduct all of their employment research from the comfort of their own homes. On the other hand, potential entry-level employees can be difficult to distinguish from one another because their résumés tend to look similar. On paper, new grads can appear to be one and the same, but in person their different skills, interests, and personalities can shine through. For many employers, the right personality is just as valuable as qualifications on paper. So how can recent grads manage their online job search without becoming entirely overwhelmed?

1) Focus the job search

New grads who have obtained broad degrees such as in business or communications will be able to apply to a diverse range of jobs. However, applying to several different jobs in several different subfields can become stressful very quickly. Job seekers are encouraged to focus their searches on a particular job title (and similar positions) during their online searches. They should start with a subfield they feel passionate about because their excitement for the position (or lack thereof) will shine through and give them a better chance of achieving interviews.

2) Supplement with in-person contacts and connections

Although online job searches are convenient, they are not always successful if conducted without the help of in-person contacts. Former professors and alumni connections are an essential part of a first time job search, and they can provide introductions and tips that can be extremely valuable. An online resume can easily go from the middle of the pile to the top with an introduction or recommendation coming from someone already within the company.

3) Pick a time of day to call it quits

At some point, job seekers have to call it quits, at least for that day. In many cases, recent grads are searching for a job late in the evening after coming home from their part-time college jobs. Job seekers don’t do a great job of proofreading or checking for important details late at night and often send out applications they later wish they could have taken a second look at. The late hours of the evening also come with varying degrees of mental fatigue that result from a full day’s work. Even if job seekers are a few minutes away from finishing an important application, they’re encouraged to proofread the next morning with fresh eyes.

4) Go the extra mile

Because most current applicants don’t reach out in person or on the phone, those who do will get more attention. If there is a number for an HR Manager or department head, applicants should give them a call and introduce themselves or ask any pertinent questions regarding the position. Instead of following up with just an email, follow up with a personable phone call. Applicants who are giving an interview are encouraged to send a handwritten thank-you note that will make them stand out from the crowd.

5) Put a little piece of your personality in each cover letter

Because the hiring manager only learns about applicants from a couple pieces of paper, it’s important their personalities shine through. Most applicants write one cover letter and gear it towards each position. However, an applicant’s skills and passion tend to become apparent when each cover letter is written from scratch. Additionally, it’s important that job seekers write their cover letters at a time of day when they have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It’s also a great idea to ask another person to proofread a cover letter and make sure that it’s personable, professional, and easy to read.

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Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, a guest writer for College Recruiter, is a private tutor with TutorNerds LLC. She has a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and a MA from the University of Southampton, UK.

Posted January 06, 2016 by

10 online platforms to make your cover letters spotless

In January 2016, College Recruiter will publish content intended on assisting college students seeking entry-level jobs upon graduation or summer internships. To learn more information about January’s focus, check out “Connecting the dots: Creating a 2016 career action plan.

The guest articles published in January cover a variety of topics to help students who are about to graduate and search for their first full-time jobs or who are searching for summer internships.

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Antonio Tooley

Before you know it, major life events show up. One day you’re graduating from high school, and the next, you’re getting ready to take a new job you’ve never done or joining a college, which is a new experience altogether. Whether it is a job or a new college, job seekers need resumes, as well as very intriguing cover letters. (more…)

Posted November 03, 2015 by

How to write better emails and cover letters

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Melinda Osteen

Because there are so many people looking for jobs, standing out is quite difficult these days. The hiring environment has changed, and candidates have to persuade employers without even meeting them in person.

The internet has interfered with the job market, too, and now the main tools of job seekers are resumes and cover letters. The basic rules of successful submissions are the same as the ones for traditional paper writing – no mistakes at all, clear structure, uniqueness, originality, and 100% professionalism. Along with these, there are other aspects that must be taken into consideration when applying online for a job. (more…)

Posted July 15, 2015 by

Caring for Your Cover Letter – 6 Tips for Success

Have you given much thought to writing a cover letter when applying for a job?  If not, you may want to think again.  Your cover letter supports your resume, but it also allows you to go into more detail about why you are the best candidate for a job.   Even if you are not required to have one, creating a quality cover letter can help you stand out from the competition.  Show how much you care about your cover letter by following these tips. (more…)

Posted May 29, 2015 by

Job Search: Tips on What You Should and Should Not Do

When looking for a new job, you want to make the right first impression.  This is because there are likely many other job seekers competing for the opportunities you are interested in, meaning you must stand out.  As a job seeker, take the approach that everything counts.  So, what are some things to keep in mind?  The following post offers job search tips on what you should and should not do. (more…)

Posted February 26, 2015 by

Six Lucrative Career Paths for Liberal Arts Majors

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Despite what you may have heard, there are many great liberal arts careers to choose from that pay very well. As many students know, settling on a career path as an undergrad can be tough, especially for one pursuing a liberal arts degree. To help, below are six of the most lucrative career paths for liberal arts students. (more…)

Posted November 17, 2014 by

College Research Paper Writing Service

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There are so many students who are in desperate need of professional help. There are so many companies that are present on the internet. The companies also claim to provide the best writing services. But there are the majority of the companies that offers unreal paper writing services. Most of them are a scam. But you will also find reliable College Research Paper Writing Services. For this you will have to do a little research. Students should be little alert while choosing them. (more…)

Posted October 21, 2014 by

How to Write an Inspiring Cover Letter for Rapid Recruitment

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Cover letter 3D cube word cloud concept with great terms. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In the 21st Century a cover letter plays a main part to satisfy the recruiter in the hiring procedure. In fact, this is an opportunity to increase the chances of getting employed in a speedy manner. With the invention of tech tools students could easily create cover letters individually that have the capacity to persuade the employer to hire them instantly. Unfortunately many recent grads are unaware about the right formatting style of cover letter. But there are some effective approaches by which students can develop this powerful document individually. If you are a fresh graduate and want to prepare an aspiring cover letter, then you must read the techniques shared below. (more…)

Posted May 08, 2014 by

Does Your Resume for an Entry Level Job Include These 10 Common Mistakes?

Young entry level job seekers can hurt their chances to find employment if they make any of these 10 common mistakes in the following post.

In the past year or so, I have seen 200 to 300 resumes written by college students. Based on that experience and my interactions with recruiters and other career advisers, one thing is clear: just about everyone makes the same mistakes. This is not a scientific survey by any means. However, ranked by frequency I submit to you the top

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Posted March 03, 2014 by

Tips to Make the Most Your Emails When Searching Jobs for Recent College Graduates

Do you think about how you compose your emails when searching jobs for recent college graduates?  If not, you could be hurting your chance of landing an interview.  The following post shares several tips to make the most of your job search emails.

Much of your job search correspondence will take place via email… networking, post-interview thank you emails, emails that accompany your resume, etc. And a single email message can make or break your job search with a specific organization or person. (No second chance). As a young professional, by now you should be

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