Summertime Job Hunt

August is rapidly approaching and Summer 2013 is flying by. Some recent college grads hit the ground running and have landed their first position, and some are off to a slow start and growing a little discouraged because finding a job isn’t happening as quickly as they had hoped. Whether or not you’re a recent grad or someone who’s been out of work for some time, here are five things to keep in mind when seeking work at the closing of a season.

  1. Update Your Resume. This doesn’t just mean adding the responsibility details from your most recent role. Research what keywords professionals are using today and take the time to revamp your resume. Make sure it reflects positively upon you, it’s easy to read, and current.
  2. Don’t Forget About Your Online Presence. Take all that advice from Tip #1 and apply it to your online profiles. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, etc. If you think employers don’t take the time to look you up online, you are wrong. It’s important that your online presence reflects positively upon you, too.
  3. Reach Out To Past Connections You’ve Made. That company that you interned for when you were 19 years old, any connections you made whether they’re still at that company or not – reach out! Ask them to get coffee, see how they’re doing, tell them what you’ve been up to, never stop building more and stronger connections. Because businesses are built with people, and they grow thanks to relationships.
  4. You Are Not All That And A Bag Of Chips! There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations, but understand the value of working from the ground up. Stay humble, stay hungry, stay curious. Be willing to answer phones at the front desk, order the lunch for meetings, and take on tasks that are out of your comfort zone. Oh yeah, and smile while doing so!
  5. Don’t Be Afraid Of Contract Assignments. More and more companies are turning to staffing agencies, looking to hire people for temporary assignments. Don’t look at this as a short term thing, look at it as a challenge and a chance to make a great first impression. If you prove your value to an organization, they won’t want to let you go. In the current economy, employers are more careful about the people they hire. A temporary assignment could be your key to that dream job.

One of my all time favorite sayings states:

You can’t expect different results from the same behavior.

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