Useful Gifts for Job-Seeking Students Reply

Looking for a job is never easy, especially when you’re a student and are pretty much clueless about the state of the business market (sorry if that’s too blunt!). The stress, the anticipation and all those applications that rarely ever result in an actual job opportunity have the tendency to turn even the most of enthusiastic individuals into quitters (hey, we’ve all been there).

If someone dear to you is looking for a job and you want to give them a useful gift – here’s a rundown of ideas that could help!

Resume expert

Resumes (Curriculum Vitae, aka CV) are the first step to getting a job interview that will help you land a job. If the CV you are submitting isn’t well written, i.e. is lacking information, has grammatical errors, is inconsistent and doesn’t follow a logical timeline, don’t expect a call back. On that note, the best gift someone can give you is a professional who specializes in writing CVs so they appear attractive to your potential employer. The CV can be interlinked with your LinkedIn profile or any profile you find could be useful. In case you’ve got no experience at all, a resume expert will still know what to write, how to write it and make the most of your current skills.

A style makeover

No matter what they say, first impressions count – in both business and private matters. Once your CV is updated and you’ve managed to get the first interview, you need to look the part. No, you don’t have to rock the Mad Men office look to be taken seriously, but you should look decent and office-ready. Even though most jobs these days can be done remotely or don’t require special business attire, you need to look professional when meeting your potential employer because that’s your chance to leave the best possible impression. One of the best gifts to get from someone is a style makeover: tips on how to dress for the interview, a different hairdo, the way to do makeup, business etiquette, etc. Getting this makeover doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the way you look/dress now; rather, it’s an upgrade that costs you nothing and you can gain everything.

A gift card

All that job hunting can get extremely stressful, especially if you’ve got a lot of studying to do in the meantime: balancing your exams, social life, finding a job and staying sane can really take a toll on your everyday life, so – relaxing a little bit can go a long way, especially if it’s already paid for! Getting a gift card from someone close to you is one of the best ways to blow off some steam, especially if vouchers you get extend to your favorite stuff – lunching, shopping, pampering, etc. Use your Visa prepaid gift card to relax, buy a few pieces you’ll need for the interview (a new laptop bag, a blazer, smart pants, etc), have lunch with someone you love and stay stress-free (as much as possible) until you get a call from your potential employer.

Career coaching

A fantastic way to help an inexperienced friend get a job is hire a career coach. Depending on the business sphere your friend is looking to score in, a career coach can help in a number of ways: these professionals know a lot about employers’ requirements, career specifics and other important parameters that play a role in choosing a career path. On that note, a career professional is the best person to talk to about staying focused to a particular field, the best person to motivate and support you, boost your confidence and help you develop in your field. Find a reputable coach for your job-seeking friend to help them gain confidence and build a career path.

LinkedIn Premium account

Social presence plays a huge role in all spheres of our lives, business included. LinkedIn is the most popular business network that can help you connect with a number of field-focused experts that could be your first link to getting the job of your dreams. The network is interactive and regular browsing can really help you get a job in no time. Setting up a regular LinkedIn account costs nothing and it can still get you a lot of connections as long as you optimize your profile well. However, a Premium account is a safe bet that ensures a number of top-notch connections.

Good luck with the job-hunting, let us know how things went!


Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focus is digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor at Bizzmark blog and a mother of two.


All views and opinions of guest authors are theirs alone and are not representative of the views of Petersons.com.

Important Tips for the Recent College Grad Reply

The late nights cramming for finals is over; you’ve put your cap and gown away…yes, you’ve survived college and it’s time to enter the real world.  Now before you start picking out the Ferrari or the McMansion, the first thing you’ll need to do is find a job.  While you’ve likely taken some type of employment seminar, nothing in the real world is ever textbook.  Below are important tips that I believe every new graduate should follow.

Network, network, network!  Like most recent graduates, your network is likely more limited than those who’ve been in the workforce for several years.  One thing to remember, especially in a tight job market (and even in a great market) is that many times the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” does hold some truth.  Sure, you still need to be qualified, however it never helps to have someone on the inside.  So how does one network?

  • LinkedIn– not your traditional networking, however this is one social network you don’t want to dismiss!
  • Connect/converse without limits– don’t sell your network short by networking with only those who can help you achieve your goals. Be open, honest and genuine with everyone- it’s amazing how small the world is and karma has a way of coming back to find us.
  • Listen- don’t just listen for opportunities in the ‘now’, listen to what those around you say. What makes their job difficult?  Is that something you can fix?  If you’re able to connect these dots the opportunities afforded to you will be many.

Concentrate on that Resume!  A resume, by Webster’s own definition, is simple- it’s a personal summary.  So why not skip all the theatrics, slap together a few blurbs around your experience and start getting those applications out the door?  The reality is that for each position you apply for, there are hundreds, if not more, other people trying to get the coveted interview.  Now you don’t need to ship your resume off with glitter ink, watermarks and neon orange paper (unless the position calls for quirky or gaudy), however you do need to make sure that the content of your resume is organized in a manner that easy to digest.

  • Styles- make sure the overall style of your resume plays to your strengths. As a recent graduate you will want to focus on the skills and knowledge that you’ve just earned.  A narrative focusing on how those courses and any extracurricular activities relate to the position at hand may be the best way to go.
  • The little things– even the most perfect resume in the world is quickly derailed by spelling and grammar errors. Unless you’ve broke out the quill and ink vial, give the spellchecker a click and then make sure you give it a once over- if possible find another set of eyes to review.  Don’t be that guy…or gal who fails to heed this advice!
  • Customize- unless you’re applying for the same position at the same organization over and over again, you should have more than one resume. In fact, you should make sure that each resume is suited and tailored for each position which you apply.
  • Keywords- make sure your resume is filled with keywords, this will ensure your resume will make it through the applicant tracking system. Often, keywords are simply job titles, skills, certifications and so on. I would suggest making a list of your targeted jobs and review the job posting and make a list of what terms or keywords appear many times, as this will give you an idea of what to use in your resume.

Beyond these tips, remember that even in the greatest of economies it takes time to land that perfect job.  If you’re not getting much traction in the way of interviews, consider using a professional resume writer.  They’re often able to help punch past that first layer and help land the interview.  In the end, remain positive and be persistent as you follow your dreams.

 

Michelle Kruse has more than 10 years of hiring and recruiting experience and a background in coaching and leadership development. At ResumeEdge, Michelle recruits and hires resume writers, provides training and ongoing support, manages strategic partnerships and serves as a subject matter expert on the job search process.