It’s that time of year. May graduates are coming into the office with a look of fear in their eyes because it’s June, and they are still unemployed. Some of these students just realized that you have to “work” to find a job, but others have actually been putting forth their best effort, and many likely fall somewhere in between. So, what are you doing to find a job? Just in case you’ve missed other related tips…or you are overwhelmed by the amount of information out there on conducting a job search. Here you go…how to become a bigger, brighter fish!
If you master the “fast fish,” you will become a bigger fish. Big Fish know people. They aren’t an insignificant blip on someone’s computer monitor or one of 200 resumes sitting on a desk. The Big Fish has talked to people, via email, LinkedIn, the phone or face-to-face. On those monster-sized job boards, you are tiny…and as a recent grad, often pretty insignificant. Start with Tiger Recruiting Link (TRL) where employers are actively seeking Auburn University graduates. Then, utilize NACELink (on TRL) where employers are actively seeking college graduates. CareerShift (also on TRL) allows you to not only search for jobs by keyword and geographic location, but it also identifies humans who work for the companies listing jobs so you can bring out “fast fish” and become a “big fish.” On each liaison page there are career-related websites for your college. Check those…but then…go find the humans!
If you are walking through the fish counter of your favorite grocery store, you literally have an opportunity to network just standing by the other customers waiting for their food. Take a chance. Use that elevator speech.