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THINGS TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

The Best Job Search Sites

The team at consumersadvocate.org has reviewed 27 of the most popular job search sites to determine the best.  Here are the top five:   Monster.com – Best for Additional Services

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Here’s who is hiring now . . .

LinkedIn’s Andrew Seaman shares a list of dozens of companies who are still looking for thousands of new employees.  Here are a few examples: Citi is hiring people for more

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STEPS TO LANDING YOUR JOB (or INTERNSHIP)

1. PREPARE

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What is the actual job you are trying to land?  You must know this first in order to write your resume, create your LinkedIn profile, and start your job search.

Not sure?  Here are some ideas and resources to get you started:

Have a Career Coach review your resume with you — Click to make an appointment

Upload your resume to Career Central for employers to see

Create a base cover letter that you can revise for each new job application.

COVER LETTER GUIDE: click  to view/download pdf

COVER LETTER SAMPLES: click name to download Word doc

Create or update your LinkedIn profile

Check your other social media and remove any posts that could hurt your job search

Reach out to a Career Coach for a LinkedIn review — Click here

2. NETWORK!

80% of all jobs are never posted publicly

That’s because they are filled by people who are known to people in the company.

How do you become known?  NETWORK!

  • Reach out to the people you already know, tell them you are in the job market, and ask for introductions to anyone they know in your career field.
  • Make new connections. Use LinkedIn and social media.
  • Maintain your connections.

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3. SEARCH FOR AND IDENTIFY JOBS & EMPLOYERS

The world of job searching has just changed significantly!

With far fewer jobs available and many more people looking for work, it is time to broaden your job search beyond your college major.

4. APPLY!

Apply for every job two times

  1.  Apply following the employer’s application directions precisely.
  2. Next, send an email to the supervisor of the job or the hiring manager (find via LinkedIn, Google, etc.). Use your cover letter as your email and attach your resume.

Keep applying

Don’t be tempted to apply for a few jobs and then wait to hear from them.  In this job market you will need to stay alert to new job postings and leads from your network and  keep applying!

Adapt your resume and cover letter

  • Adapt the profile of your resume to the job description and requirements.  It should demonstrate that you are the right fit for the job. See examples in section 1 above.
  • Your cover letter should show how you are a fit for the job, a fit for the company culture, and a team player.

5. INTERVIEW WITH CONFIDENCE

Your resume got you the interview.
Your interview gets you the job.   
Now it’s time to . . .

Prepare and practice!

  1. Practice interviewing with the Mock Interview module on Career Central.
  2. Practice with a BJU Career Coach for an interview based on the job description. 

6. TIPS FOR FOLLOW UP

Show Gratitude

Promptly send a Thank You email/note to everyone who has taken the time to interact with you.  Everyone knows to do this, but only about 20% do. This is an opportunity to stand out.

Common Questions

Yes.  If you have not heard back in a couple weeks it is fine to reach out to the employer to let them know that you are still interested and available.  Following are some sample emails:

 

Inquiring about status of an application:  

Dear Hiring Manager: (address to individual if you have a contact)  

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire about status of my application. I realize in these unusual times that [name of company/organization] might not be currently hiring. But I am very interested in talking with you about filling the opening for [insert name of position]. Have you had a chance to process my application/resume?  

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.   

Sincerely,  

[your name]  

 

Inquiring about next steps in the hiring process (after an interview) 

Dear Hiring Manager: (address to individual if you have a contact)  

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you [insert day/time]. I enjoyed learning more about [insert name of position] and how I could contribute. Given the current situation with COVID-19, I realize there are limitations you may be facing. I am writing to inquire about next steps. What is the next step in the hiring process?  

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  

Sincerely,  

[your name]  

 

Staying in touch with an employer you applied to work for prior to COVID:  

Dear Hiring Manager: (address to individual if you have a contact)  

Thank you for your initial interest in my application. I realize that due to COVID-19, you have had to postpone my interview. I am writing to let you know that I am still excited about meeting with you and very interested in the [insert name of position you applied for]. As time allows and circumstances change, I would welcome the chance to interview.  

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.  

 

Sincerely,  

[your name]  

 

The best time to discuss the details of salary and benefits is when you are offered the job.  Do your research: Find out what similar jobs in that region pay, and make a budget to determine how much income you will need to live.  Benefits you may want to discuss: health insurance, other insurance, paid personal time, sick time, continuing education, help with college debt, etc.  Many of these benefits are negotiable.

First of all — keep searching and keep applying for jobs.  New job opportunities crop up all the time.

Gain certifications.  While you have the time take courses (Coursera, Khan Academy, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, etc.) and gain certifications that relate to your desired job.  This also makes for a great story to tell at your interview: “I used my time between school and job to get better prepared for this job!”

 

Take the next step forward today!