Job hunting is a crazy experience that we all have to do, but getting started is always the hardest part. Where do you look? Do you post your resume on a website and hope some company will come along and pluck you from the bunch? No. This is your life, your career and your future. Take charge of it and find a place that is right for you. Looking for a full-time job after college is all I’ve been thinking about for the past month. Here are some tricks I’ve learned from Campus Philly Careers:
1) Go To The Website
First and foremost go to the website. Every company should have a website. Unless it is a brand new company that is just starting out; if they don’t, that is an automatic red flag. If the company does have a website, do some digging to see what’s there. Ask yourself:
- What does the company do?
- What is the company’s target audience?
- Who owns the company?
- Is this the type of place I could see myself working at?
It is getting to the point that almost every company has a LinkedIn account and it is the next best place to find information about the company. It is somewhat like a grown up and professional version of Facebook (in my opinion anyway). Companies also often post job openings on there. Who knows, maybe you will find other positions that better suite your skill set. This is also a great way to find out who works there. Many people connect to their place of employment on LinkedIn. You can see if you know anyone who works there, which always makes you look good. It also is a good way for you to get in touch with the hiring manager.
3) Google Search
Once you looked at the company’s site, it’s time to Google it. We all know what Google does and how it is literally a digital fountain of information. It’s a good place to start checking out what the company is interested in and how it functions. This will help you find out if that company is right for you. Does the search help you to answer any of the questions from Step 1 in a positive way or does it bring things to light that you don’t like?
4) The News
Is the company in the news? Make sure to check newspapers, Google news search or online news sites to see if the company has been making headlines, be it good or bad. Personally, I think if they’re not in the news than that means they’re not doing anything wrong, but if the company is on the cover of CNN because of something bad it did than it’s time to deliberate if you really want to work there or not. And it doesn’t help to mention the good news you found during an interview. It shows you did your research and that you’re serious about working there. Maybe even slip it into your cover letter.
5) Social Media
Of course social media makes it onto the list. Everyone usually has some sort of social media account these days and companies are using these platforms to their advantage. It’s a great way for businesses to advertise and keep in touch with customers. Check out Facebook, Twitter and some companies even have a YouTube and Pinterest page. See what people are saying about them and what the company has to say back.
I’ve been looking for a job since October and I can say I am pleasantly pleased with what I’ve come up with. I have three really good potential jobs and even had two interviews for one of them, but I only got this far because I was prepared. I made sure to apply to places that had the right company culture.
Go for the job you love. You might not get it on your first try, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle. Keep trying and keep researching.
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