Sam, a member of the LockerGnome community, emailed: Do you have any tips or ideas on how to increase the odds of finding a job? This is especially hard for students since it’s not always possible to have years of experience.
Well, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of landing an interview for that perfect job. It can be difficult to get hiring managers to look past a lack of work-related experience, though with the right pitch, anything is possible. Here are five ways to increase your chances of getting a job:
More and more employers are asking candidates to submit their resumes in digital format rather than on paper. This is due in part to how quickly a potential employer can scan through candidates, distribute copies to other parties, and perform basic fact checking. Providing your potential employer with a solid resume in the format they like can be difficult, especially since some managers ask for a PDF while others may ask for a DOC file or standard text. You can skip through all of this hassle by using a service such as Emurse to host and distribute your resume.
Emurse gives you the ability to have your resume hosted for free on its servers with a variety of different downloadable formats for the hiring manager to choose from. Another great advantage of using this service is their notification system which allows you to know exactly when someone is viewing your resume and roughly where they are located. This can help you zero in on who’s actively checking your resume at any given time. The email notification is sent immediately allowing you to make sure you’re in a good place to receive a phone call.
Web Site or Blog
We no longer live in an age where work experience is the only experience that counts. If you have a field in mind where you’d like to start a career, try creating a Web site or blog about that field. Do research and post detailed and factual content about the topic pertaining to your desired job. This might not be worthwhile if you’re looking for a job to pay the bills or get you some extra spending money, though it can help down the line as you start to form a career around something you are interested in doing.
If you are really into reading, and you want to work for a publisher, you might benefit from creating your Web site in a way that shows you have a grasp of literature and the written word. Book reviews, recommendations, and the like can set you apart from the others when an employer is doing their research.
Avoid a Bad Social Profile
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Nothing can ruin someone’s chances of landing (or keeping) a good job than something on their Facebook or Twitter page. If you gripe about teachers, other students, coworkers, and especially bosses through social networks, stop and remove every trace of it immediately. A potential employer will probably throw your application away the moment they notice one of these red flags.
This also applies to your photos. Pictures of you drinking, partying, goofing off, and the like may be fun for your friends and family, but they can be a warning sign to someone looking for an employee. Everything and anything you put online, or even what others say about you, can likely be discovered by someone trying to determine whether or not you’re a good fit for the position. The best rule of thumb here is not to put anything online you wouldn’t want your mother, or your boss, to know about.
One popular method for combating social network snooping is temporarily removing a Facebook account prior to submitting applications. If you know you are about to start the job hunt, and your Facebook profile (and your friends’ profiles) aren’t a good reflection of your work, delete the profile temporarily until you have landed the job you’re after. Facebook allows you to do this, and once you’re on the job, you can restore your profile and return to your partying ways.
Getting a resume right is hard, especially when you don’t have a lot of experience in the job field. You might be surprised how helpful a friend or family member can be when it comes to perfecting this important step. If you know someone who is responsible for making hiring decisions for their company, they can be of great help to you in determining how and what to add to your resume and cover letter. What you say in the initial contact email is very important as well, and you should seek out a second opinion whenever possible.
Social networks, if managed correctly, can be a big help in the job hunt. As mentioned before, you may want to avoid giving out too much information here as negative or embarrassing facts can come back to haunt you. Where they can help you is by getting you in touch with people who make decisions that could lead to your eventual employment.
LinkedIn is a great resource for anyone in the job market, and should be closely guarded as the absolutely best possible representation of you and your work professionally. Your resume, personal and professional sites, associations, and other work-related deeds can be linked to your profile. Coworkers and bosses can even recommend you to potential employers through this network.
Getting an interview, even without a lot of experience in the field, can be a difficult process for anyone. There are, however, a few things you can do to increase your chances and stand out from the crowd. What you lack in experience can often be made up for in determination and professionalism online.