Post # 1
I have been on the job hunt for about a month now and I have gotten NO bites. I am starting to get kinda worried actually. I have a college degree and I have tons of experience in my field..
I think the main problem is EVERYTHING is online now. Half the time, the employers dont even leave the name of the company on the listing (craigslist) and I am not comfortable just sending my resume out to never-never land on the internet.
So, I am sitting here sending emails to these employers and feeling kinda down because you cant express yourself or show your personality well in an email.
I guess I am just looking for pointers for what I should say… I need a job! haha
Post # 3
This may not be applicable depending on your field/industry, but try recruiting companies. Some recruiters are total a-holes, but they’re not all bad and so many companies hire strictly through recruiters these days.
Post # 4
This may be a silly/obvious question (so I’m sorry if I’m asking a silly question), but are you sending cover letters with your resume? Because many employers get SO many resumes, a cover letter is important to set yourself apart from the others. And, it’s a good way to distinguish yourself and express more of your personality.
I spent quite awhile applying for jobs, and I always made sure that in the body of my email I included a cover letter that touched on the key qualities I have that are applicable to that specific job. And, I used a tip that someone gave me that I find really helpful…in your cover letter, talk about a quality you have that makes you unique to you. I don’t know what your field is, but as an example for mine…I’m a social worker, so therapy field is what I was going for. But I also have a background in art, which a lot of people don’t have, and I can use in working with people in a unique way. So…that’s a quality that distinguishes me from a lot of my peers.
So, I’d say start with the approach of customized cover letters. I hope that helps. And, good luck!!!
Post # 5
The majority of my SO’s interviews have come from contacting companies that he’s interested in, telling them he’s interested, and then asking if they have any job openings. He did get some from craigslist, but the job he got (he’s looking for another job after 3 months) was not from craigslist. I’m pretty sure the job he got he found through the newspaper (print version, not online since most newspapers’ websites use CareerBuilder and don’t show their actual print listings).
Post # 6
It’s all about who you know. Does your old university have a career services center? Ask them if they have contact info for other alumni from your school that are in your field. Contact those alumni and let them know you are a recent graduate and are interested in a position in _______. Ask them about their jobs and ask how they got them, then ask if they know of any positions that may be opening up at their place of work in the future. Send them your resume/CV while you are at it.
Seriously, I’ve been able to get so many opportunities just by networking with other people who went to my school and graduated years before me. It really works!
Post # 7
Read “What color is your parachute” The book is awesome and has helped me find my last two jobs…first job out of college and a new job 3.5 years later.
I would also take advantage of the career center at the college you went to. Most colleges will offer free services to alums. Go meet with one of their career counselors, use their online job posting site etc…
P.S. Stop using craigslist, there is nothing worthwhile on there! Try a site like indeed.com
Post # 8
@judithsr: Thanks! I never thought about attaching a cover letter with my resume, I am going to start doing that.
Post # 9
FH got his job set up in San Antonio through a recruiting company (they went through it, he didn’t). not sure of your field, but if you’re interested in it, PM me and I’ll send you their info