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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 September 03, 2015 by

5 Important Steps to Follow along with When You’re Obtaining a New Job

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Jobs red word and arrow on stair up to open conceptual door with view to sky and field on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Summary: There are 5 key areas in the job search – which include promoting yourself together with reference letters and developing a powerful professional brand – that will help you find jobs fast.

There are 5 basic steps in a job search. How you perform in most of these areas will determine the speed and also ease with you land a brand new job. Failing to boost your performance for all of these steps can dramatically lower your chances of finding work in just a reasonable time body. (more…)

Posted March 13, 2015 by

Looking for a Career in Law? 4 College Options to Consider

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Serious lawyer make a closing statement in the court room. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

A career in law is not only a selective career path, but it is also plenty demanding. Despite that, it can also be very rewarding both personally and financially. Lawyers work in a variety of settings from private firms and government agencies to educational institutions and political organizations. While in college, you will need to do a lot of research to decide if the law is actually the right field for you. Here are some things that can help you decide: (more…)

Posted July 30, 2014 by

5 Reasons Why Internships and Co-ops Are Essential!

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Intern organizing shelves in supermarket under supervision of store manager. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you’re a student, you might be looking into part-time jobs to make some money during the school year, or maybe a full-time job for the summer. While making money to help pay for school sounds like a good idea, it might end up costing you money in the long term.

The reason is simple: it’s getting harder and harder for university and college graduates to find a full-time job in their career path once they graduate—especially for those who do not have any practical work experience. It has become incredibly valuable for students to take co-ops during the school year and internships in the summer.

Here’s why. (more…)

Posted July 01, 2014 by

Tips for Recent College Graduates Entering the Workforce

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Now that graduation has come and gone, it is time for recent college graduates to look for jobs.  With stiff competition for employment opportunities, the challenge for graduates is to stand out from the crowd.  So how can they do this?

Here are five tips from Christy Palfy, a recruiting manager from Progressive Insurance. (more…)

Posted January 06, 2014 by

Want to Recommend a Friend for Some Jobs for College Students? 3 Questions to Ponder First

There may be a friend of yours in college who needs a job and could use some help in his or her job search.  If you’ve heard about some jobs for college students to recommend, think about three questions to ask yourself first in the following post.

You might come across a situation where there’s a job opening at your office and you know a job-seeking friend who could use an extra boost in their job search. Whether you’re doing this out of the goodness of your heart or your friend has dropped less-than-subtle hints about recommending them, you may

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Posted December 11, 2013 by

Seeking LinkedIn Endorsements to Get an Entry Level Job? How They Can Impact Your Job Search

If you are searching for an entry level job on LinkedIn, you may want to consider getting some endorsements.  Before doing so, make sure you understand how they can impact your job search.  Learn more in the following post.

Like them or hate them, LinkedIn endorsements aren’t going away. Dismissed by many as something as about as useful as a Facebook “like,” many career industry experts and recruiters see this feature as pure fluff. They felt many endorsements were akin to “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” But social media

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Posted November 25, 2013 by

Want to Boost Your Chances of Getting Interviews for Entry Level Jobs? Try These Tips

While it’s easy to blame other people for your lack of job search success, the real problem might be you.  To land more interviews for entry level jobs, consider trying tips found in the following post.

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Posted November 25, 2013 by

Applying for Jobs for Recent College Graduates that Require Recommendations? Think About Who You Ask Online

When trying to obtain online recommendations while searching jobs for recent college graduates, do not assume that everyone will just give you them to you.  Learn more in the following post.

Today, I received another request on LinkedIn for a recommendation to someone I have a connection to. I’ve never worked with this person, however, in a way that allows me to witness their abilities first-hand. I don’t get it. Why do people put their personal brand in jeopardy with such a thoughtless click? When someone asks for a

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Posted May 21, 2013 by

10 Ways to Respond If Your Mom Boss Cuts Your Hours

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Part of a clock with space showing. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

During these difficult economic times, a cut in pay or hours can be devastating. If you’ve dedicated years of your life to a post with your employing family only to discover that your hours are going to be cut, it’s normal and natural to be concerned, especially if you’re already living from paycheck to paycheck. When you’re confronted with such a precarious and difficult situation, here are 10 of the ways you might want to respond. (more…)