This weekend, I got invited to visit my Alma Mater and talk to some of the graduating seniors in Mass Communication about job searching. I’ve actually done this at a different college a few times, but this was the first time at my own school talking to the people that are in the same boat I was a few years ago.
Here are some of the highlights I focused on!
– Social Media is so important. They are looking. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your future employer, grandma or preacher to see. Also if you are looking to move out of the city you currently live in, don’t have a picture of your significant other in your profile picture because they will think you are less likely to move.
– Write your thank you notes. After an interview, write a hand written thank you note immediately and mail it. If you are really on top of it. Write it in the car and walk back in and hand it to the receptionist. Don’t just write, “Thank you for interviewing me.” Make sure to mention something substantial that you talked about in your interview.
– Benefits packages are intimidating. Ask questions. Your HR Director at your new place of business can explain all the words you don’t understand. When all that fails, call mom and dad. Be sure you understand what everything is before you accept though.
-Join things in college. Most likely someone interviewing you did something similar to what you did and you will have an automatic connection.
– Job searching is really hard. Don’t get discouraged. Your job is out there and if you put in the leg work you will find it.
What did you learn while you were searching for you job?