Companies today are very interested in hiring new college graduates because they have high energy, they’re adept at the latest tools and technology, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. But no matter how well-positioned you are for your job search, you have a better chance of success if you avoid these common mistakes:
Limiting Your Search
Spread the word about your job search to everyone in your personal and professional network. This includes family, friends, neighbors, former teachers and professors, church members, coaches, and current and former co-workers. You need to stand out by widening your web of connections and networking your way into a company.
- Don’t limit yourself to the Internet. Yes, you need a strong online brand starting with a Facebook page and a LinkedIn profile. But you also need to build your face-to-face connections. There is no statute of limitations on networking.
Falling Short with Your Resume
Your resume and cover letter are not one-size-fits-all panaceas. They should be customized to each company and position you seek – and every single one of them must be flawless.
- Find the name of a company’s HR or hiring manager so you can personalize your cover letter. If it’s not in the job posting, look it up on line or make a phone call. This shows your initiative and genuine interest in the job.
- Proofread, proofread and proofread again. Every document you send to a prospective employer must be 100 percent error free. Go through them with a fine-tooth comb to be sure there are no typos or grammar errors. Have a detail-oriented friend review them as well.
Not Doing Your Homework
You can kiss a job goodbye if you go into an interview without first researching the company and the open position. This means going beyond the job description and company website.
- Read industry publications and, if possible, talk to current or former employees.
- Try to learn the company’s stance in the marketplace, as well as who their competitors are and the issues that they currently face.
Disregarding Your Online Presence
Your online image is critically important. Off-color or silly Facebook photos may be funny, but they may lead a hiring manager to question your judgment. Be sure nothing is posted that may be perceived as less than professional.
Likewise, keep your cell phone voicemail greeting professional and succinct. And avoid using unconventional or overly cute email addresses or signatures.
Forgetting to Follow Up
Graciously follow up with everyone you encounter during the course of your job hunt – from contacts to receptionists, interviewers and the parking lot attendant you meet on the way out.
- Send personalized thank-you notes to everyone who interviews you or assists you with making a connection, fine tuning your resume, or building your network.
- Never fail to follow up. Show your initiative by contacting an employer after you have submitted a resume or interviewed. Don’t be a stalker, but be persistent.
The expert team at CPS Recruitment can provide invaluable resources and additional tips to enhance your post-grad job search. Review our helpful articles in the candidate resource center or contact us today to learn more.