Get Elected into a New Job

Whether you have been watching the presidential debates or not, you can’t avoid the commercials and opinions of your friends and family about the upcoming election. However if you are looking for a job, you can learn a lot from the presidential candidates. Not only do the presidential candidates have to know what they are talking about, but they have to be likable and look their best, just like you do in a job interview.

Here are 5 tips for job hunting you can learn from the debates…

1. Lobby for Support

By using your network of friends, family and linkedIn contacts, you most likely know someone at the company you are targeting. Reach out to those contacts to get a leg up on the competition. Over seventy percent of people have landed an interview as a result of an employee referral.

2. Manage your campaign both online and offline

An online presence can tell a lot about a candidate. Most interviewers will Google you to make sure what you say in person emulates your online presence.

3. Kiss the babies

Treat every event like a networking opportunity. Even if you aren’t currently looking for a new job, it never hurts to make new contacts. Whether you are at a family event or a social function treat every event as an opportunity. You never know who you will meet and how they may be able to help you in the future.

4. Know your constituency

Before your interview, research the company and the interviewers. In order to create a meaningful connection, you need to be as well-informed as possible.

5. Stick to the Issues

Know your talking points and what you want to emphasize before the interview. Don’t veer too far from these topics during your interview even if the interviewer goes off on a tangent.

By |2012-10-24T12:46:56-05:00October 24th, 2012|career search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get Elected into a New Job

6 Essential Social Media Tips for College Students Preparing for Interviews

1.  Undo the Evidence of Your Summer Fun on Facebook!

Clean your profile of your summer flings. Before school gets back to full swing, you should take some time to review your timeline. Do the pictures paint the story you want to tell your future boss?

2.  Ask Your Friends About Their Summer Jobs

Ever hear the expression, “most jobs come from your network”? Well your college friends are your network, and will become extremely valuable connections for you after you graduate. Find out where your friends worked over the summer.

3.  Rent Your New Textbooks on Kindle

There is something nice about thumbing through a book. But there is also something nice about paying only $19 to rent a digital textbook instead of paying $100 for ten pounds of lower back pain to carry around all semester. With Kindle, you can take notes, highlight and even Tweet favorite passages. Consider renting your required reading instead of buying books.

4.  Update Your Summer Job on LinkedIn

The longer you wait to include your summer work on your LinkedIn profile, the more you’re going to forget the details of what you did. Sure, it might not have been a dream job, but it still counts as work experience. Interviewers say that nothing shows work-ethic more than when a student spends their summer earning their own money rather than spending their parent’s money. So don’t undervalue what you’ve done this summer. Record your work experience in your LinkedIn profile.

5.  Get Summer Job Recommendations Before Your Boss Forgets Who You Are

Not only will you forget the details of your job once school starts, but your boss will probably forget about how much they liked you. With online job seeking, one of the most powerful elements you bring to the table is what other people think about you. In years past, this used to be a very formal process. You’d have to request a letter of recommendation from your boss. Then they’d ask you to write it and they’d sign it. These days, all you need is a few short paragraphs on your LinkedIn profile. These notes from past managers will be assets that will serve you well once you start your career search.

6.  Google yourself to See Your Online Reputation

Go ahead. We dare you. This generation has the unique advantage of being online from an early age. This means you’ve been building an online reputation whether you know it or not. Once your online reputation gets a blemish, it’s rather hard to fix. Use a tool called to grade your online reputation and get some free tips for improving it.




By |2012-10-11T09:36:41-05:00October 11th, 2012|Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on 6 Essential Social Media Tips for College Students Preparing for Interviews