College To Career With A Buzz. Part I.
Well, I’m constantly reading the daily reports and news concerning recent college graduates and the potential job market(s) they are seeking to become employed within. When those around me accuse me of being bi-polar or schizophrenic, I need only point to the conflicting reports of these potential employment arenas. On the one hand, “things are picking up” & “the market for college grads is thawing” yet on the other hand, “no light seen at the end of the tunnel” & “recent grads weigh graduate school options as employment outlook dims.” I decided to break the job search process down into three separate and clear processes: The Application Process, The Networking Process, and lastly the Interviewing Process. Enjoy.
College To Career: The Application Process.
Don’t just own a resume. Develop an “Application Process Toolkit” and then learn what components or tools you need to apply with when engaging in the application process within your chosen career field. Might sound basic, but not so fast my friend! Different fields have different application requirements, and you need to know what those are. So what are these tools or components?
- You’ll need a resume, a cover letter(s), a writing sample and potentially an on-line media portfolio. You can gohere and then hit Video Tour to see and example.
- You’ll need to know what skills and experiences you need to emphasize and which tools will best project the right message and image.
- Does this profession tend to look for chronological of skill based resumes?
- Some fields are moving quickly to “media profiles” and away from resumes. Get on LinkedIn or Twitter, and search your field, find an association or group, and follow or link-up.
- Have your application materials reviewed by someone who is a better editor than you are. Have your materials reviewed again when you make revisions or add updates. If you are stuck for an editor, try your career services office. Don’t hesitate to hit up your career services office even if you’ve graduated. Most are doing a pretty nice job of reaching out to alumni.
Check back tomorrow, and I’ll hook you up with some tips on the Networking Process for recent college grads.
Buzz Smith is SR Curmudgeon and VP Consulting services OPI National Outplacement. OPI National Outplacement and Career Transition Services is Located in Knoxville, Tennessee.