Jobs are hard to come by these days, and it seems you have to literally try everything in order to just get an interview.
It’s one thing to fill out applications, but it’s a whole other thing to actually get that face-to-face interview with the person in charge of hiring people. For those of us who have mastered the application process but haven’t gotten to the next level, you know how frustrating it is to constantly receive the dreaded email saying, “We’re sorry, but at this time we do not need your blah, blah, blah.”
So what can we really do to successfully get a job, any job, that will somehow apply to what we want as a career? How do people achieve this without settling for that minimum-wage job at McDonalds? Well. my friends, there are a number of web sites that will assist you, school resources, and other ways people are finding jobs these days.
There are many online job-finder sites that assist with finding the jobs that match your personality and what you are looking for. It seems as though today everybody uses the Internet to do just about everything, including job searching.
Several web sites such as SnagAjob.com, Careerbuilder.com, and Monster.com all update daily with new jobs that are waiting to be snatched up. Craigslist is another site that has daily updates and detailed descriptions of the job you are searching for.
Unemployment may be at its highest since 2001, but technology is also at its finest and is a big help to those standing in line collecting unemployment checks
No one thinks about this, but our school is another key resource when searching for a job. So maybe the only reason you ever visit our school web site is to register and pay for classes, but have you ever stopped and really looked through it?
The BC web site provides you with contacts and e-mails to get hooked up with an on-campus or off-campus job that you might actually enjoy. The work-study program is a program that allows you to earn money that will go directly into your tuition fees and also put some extra money in your pocket.
On May 5, there is going to be a Job and Networking Fair in the L building Lobby, L100, on the Main Campus. It will be going on from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will allow you to network with local employers and be considered for full-time, part-time, temporary and contractual jobs.
Networking and nepotism are a huge part of finding a job. According to a New York Times survey, about 64% of people find their jobs through networking and getting their name out into the airwaves. If you can meet and impress someone high up in the field you want to delve into, you’re a lot better off than just turning in an application to a person you’ve never had a conversation with.
Nepotism is a huge help, too. Knowing someone personally who will positively speak on your behalf is a huge help and is almost foolproof.
So get yourself off the couch, put on a professional outfit, type up your resume and get out into the world. Talk to people, search the web, and do something more than just mindlessly filling out online applications.