During the spring semester many students who visit my office are searching for full-time opportunities after graduation. To be successful, applicants should be proactive and patient with the job search process. Below are some helpful tips to consider as you plan your search:
1. Make An Appointment with Career Services. This is probably the single most important piece of advice I could give any current student seeking full-time employment after graduation. Career Counselors can help with a variety of topics including: resume and cover letter development, job search strategies, tailoring applications to specific job postings, interview strategies, salary negotiations, LinkedIn Profile development, using social media in a job search and navigating challenging employer-related situations. To schedule an appointment with Jennifer Burns, Director of Industry Relations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly at email@example.com.
2. Start Looking Now. It’s March. Even if you are not looking to start a new job until May, don’t wait to start looking and applying until April. Recruiters have been on campus as recently as last semester seeking to acquire talent to fill their entry-level openings for May and June 2014. Positions are already posting and you should be applying!
3. Apply! Apply! Apply! I often have students in my office who come in crushed because they have not heard back from employers on any of the applications they submitted. When I ask them how many applications they sent out, I usually get a response of “5” or “10”. My response? “That is not enough.” If you are actively and aggressively searching for employment, applying for between 15-20 jobs a week (if you can find enough jobs of interest) is a good goal.
A cliché often used, because it is so true, is “The early bird gets the worm.” Set up email alerts so you know the second a job posts and can apply right away. Don’t wait to apply until next week, or even a couple of days! You should apply immediately to help ensure your resume is even seen. Perfect example: I once sat on a search committee for a position that received almost 400 applications. Who has time to look through 400 resumes? We reviewed the first 200 that were submitted. The last 200 were not even opened.
4. Make Sure to Do a Little Housekeeping on Social Media Sites. Google yourself to know what employers will see when they enter your name. Check your privacy settings if you belong to Facebook to make sure no one is seeing anything you wouldn’t want them to. Ideally the first search result that should pop up is your LinkedIn Profile.
5. Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile. Everyone should have a LinkedIn Profile. If you have met with me, you know I am a fan of the one-page resume. The great thing about LinkedIn? There is no limit. You can include internships, full-time jobs, volunteer work, class projects, ask people for recommendations, give recommendations, find jobs and so much more! It is a wonderful way to display your experience, accomplishments and NETWORK.
6. Attend Workshops and Employer Information Sessions. The Tisch Center and the Wasserman Center host several workshops throughout the year that will assist you in your own professional and career development. There are also employers who come to campus to specifically recruit NYU students; they host information sessions, which is a great way to learn more about a company, what types of openings are available, and it may even provide a unique opportunity to interact with its recruiters.
7. Attend Career Fairs. The Tisch Center holds two Career Fairs each academic year. Our annual Spring Career Fair, which hosts organizations specific to the hospitality, tourism and sports industries, was held on February 20th at the Wasserman Center. Even if the organization you are interested in is not recruiting for full-time candidates, you can still network with recruiters representing an organization.
8. Network. This is a critical point in time where networking will play a very important part in your life. The jobs you see on job boards are only about 30 percent of what is out there. The other 70 percent of opportunities are found through networking. Mention “networking” and people start to sweat. The important thing to remember though is “networking” is just a fancy way of saying “building and maintaining relationships” and we all do that every day. So relax. Attend alumni and industry events whenever possible and walk in with a goal to connect to at least three new people and get their business cards.
9. Know Your Value. I remember when I got my first job offer after I graduated from college. I was so excited that someone wanted to hire me, I immediately accepted and did not even try to negotiate, despite the fact that I had years of prior work experience. Don’t make the same mistake. Many of you will have prior internship or work experience, which makes you a more desirable candidate. There is no reason why you should not try to negotiate a higher salary as it will have a great effect on your future earnings, even if you are an undergraduate student. Wasserman hosts Salary Negotiation workshops each semester, so sign up for one or make an appointment to see a Career Services Professional to help you through negotiations.
Amanda Gallocher serves as the Tisch Center’s Assistant Director for Career Services. Her responsibilities include working with industry partners to facilitate career opportunities for Tisch Center students and helping students and alumni plan and execute successful internship and career search strategies.