“How To Get a Job” Tips From College Recruiters

I attended a recruiter panel event yesterday and learned some interesting things about what they are looking for from job hunters.  As we are all aware it’s tough out there and jobs are not flying at people like they seemed to in the past. You have to work at it. You have to market and sell yourself and your skills. You have to let the employer know why they should hire you over all the other applicants. It can seem like a daunting task but with some thought, organization, and preparation you can make it happen.

To summarize some of the main points I heard from the recruiters…

Top things hiring managers are looking for:

  1. Good, clear communication
  2. Good work ethic
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. Motivation
  5. Adaptability
  6. Good fit for the company culture
  7. Teamwork skills
  8. A desire to learn

Top things you should be doing:

  1. Tailor and organize your resume to put your best skill set forward.
  2. Research the company & job and be prepared.
  3. Practice, practice, practice (for the interview).
  4. Know who you are and be comfortable sharing that.
These might seem like no brainer tips when it comes to your job search, but a lot of people are not doing them well enough. (I know I for one am not prepared to put my best, fully marketed, self forward). I will be expanding on some of the things you should be doing, so stay tuned…

2 thoughts on ““How To Get a Job” Tips From College Recruiters

  1. I agree with your post. Getting a job is an act of shameless self promotion! Hiring managers are looking for the 1-8 items mentioned but these are easy to display in front of a hiring manager, yet incredibly difficult to convey in a resume.

    Shameless Self-Promotion 101:
    1. Use social media to get a job: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Post that you are looking for a career specific job. Ask for a little help from your friends, and their friends, and their friends.
    2. Research the companies you are applying. A company with an ultra-conservative culture is not going to hire an epic hipster. Like hires like in the name of culture, like it or not.
    3. Be confidant. Believe in yourself and your abilities. You can do it.
    4. Grace, tact and charm are your three best friends in an interview.

    From a recruiter – here are some top errors made on resumes:
    1. Typos. Spell check your resume! Have someone proofread your resume. Typos will prevent you from getting a job.
    2. Highlight your role and function at a company, not the company, where they are located and what they do….your resume is about you.
    3. Listing every job since you were old enough to work. Your job at the yogurt shop gave you cash in your pocket but doesn’t provide any bearing on your “career” job. Only list internships and those jobs relevant to your major or career path.
    4. “etc”. Don’t list “etc.” after a string of duties performed in a position. Your definition of etc differs from mine. If there is more, list more. Otherwise leave etc off your resume
    5. Submitting your resume multiple times if you don’t get a response. Harsh reality. If you are not getting a response, the employer isn’t interested.

    Info to leave off your resume:
    1. Personal address. Email and phone are sufficient. You don’t need a stalker. You don’t need to be discriminated against based on your address – I’ve seen it – if you live in an affluent neighborhood you don’t need a job, if you live in a poor neighborhood you’re desparate and will take a lower salary than they would offer someone.
    2. References. Wait until the employer asks for them. If you provide references, the employer can check your references before even meeting you. Or, hire one of your references instead of you – really…I’ve done it.
    3. Marital status, number of kids, hobbies, religious affiliation, non-career specific affiliations. Being part of the Royal Order of Buffalos is not relevant to you getting a job. An employer maybe a fellow ROB member, but they may also be biased angainst the Buffalos.

    Your resume is not your tell-all. It is an introduction to get an interview where you let you, the total package, shine.

    Good Luck!

    Beth Bakulich

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