Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 1

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

I was at a marketing communications breakfast presentation and talking with a friend who also happens to be a total rock star. He said something that really stuck with me, “If you need to start networking it’s probably too late.”

This applies to college seniors and recent graduates as much as it does to anyone already in the workforce. Second semester of your senior year is NOT the time to think about starting your network. You’re going to need to make contact, establish relationships and start a dialogue if you want any kind of network to pay off. And yes, you don’t know that many people in the profession you’ve chosen for yourself but unless you’re graduating from a Tibetan monastery you do know people.

So start early, add often and use it. Don’t let the thing die just because you got Netflix.

And just how might we start this network you speak of?


Are You Afraid of Employment?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Are you derailing your career before it’s even begun? On the outside do you look like a gung-ho job seeker, sending out resumes, networking with a vengeance and plotting world domination while on the inside (and in reality) you’re hesitating, procrastinating and really only plotting your next Facebook post? It happens a lot more than you think and one reason can be sheer size of scope.


Do Your Online Homework!

We are proud to debut a new blog series,  "How I Stopped Worrying and Got the Job", guest posts from past workshop attendees, new acquaintances and other clever job seekers who used their noggins and landed their first job.

Jacklyn Cremer attended one of our first AfterSchool Career Workshops sessions and graduated from KU with a Bachelors in Marketing and now has a full-time job in account services at ER Marketing. More about her job search can be found at JacklynCremer.com.  This is how she used the Internet to search more than job boards.

“You don’t stand a tinker’s chance of producing successful advertising unless you start by doing your homework.  I have always found this extremely tedious, but there is no substitute for it.  First study the product you are going to advertise.  The more you know about it, the more likely you are to come up with a big idea for selling it.” – David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising.

As a marketer searching for a job, I was the product.

The hunt is about finding a job that really fits with what you want to do and will help you to reach your career goals.  If you do your homework, then you will find a company, a job description, and a location that fits your interests and skills.  When you know everything there is to know about the company and the position, it’s easy to let the company know that you are the right choice for the job!


What If You Don’t Want a Job? (…Or Can’t Find a Job?) Consider Making Your Own.

By Kathryn Lorenzen, Principal/Career Development Coach

Not everyone is cut out to be an employee. Some people would rather gnaw off their own foot than sign on to someone else’s rules, mission, and payroll. They’d just feel too trapped or like they’d sold out.

And not everyone who wants a job upon graduation will be able to find one quickly. The unemployment rate for young adults age 20 to 24 is uncomfortably high (15.4%, by a recent government estimate, compared to 8.9% for the general population).

So, what’s the alternative? Since minimum-wage jobs will generally not allow you to be self-supporting, some new graduates make the decision to become entrepreneurs, providing a basic service to individuals or businesses. And some do quite well, thank you, as either a freelancer or a dedicated business.

What are the qualities that help you succeed if this is the road you choose, or that chooses you?


3,991,050 Reasons to Join LinkedIn

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

I recently read yet another article about the dismal prospects for new and recent graduates that spotlighted eight or so young people desperate to find work. Only one of them had a full time job in her chosen field and the rest were either in survival jobs or in other industries entirely. On a whim (because I’m nothing if not whimsical) I went to LinkedIn to look up their profiles. As a major champion of LinkedIn and its magical properties I’m on the site about a million times a day.LinkedIn

And guess what? Only four of them had profiles.  Of those four, one had 30 connections, one with 39 and the other two had one each. The remaining were nowhere to be found.  Nowhere.  As a former advertising recruiter I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be findable on LinkedIn. A fully fleshed out profile can give me a ton of insight into who you are, your skills, a link to your blog, your resume, and a ton more. I can read your recommendations, see what groups you belong to and I can keep your profile in a folder that I can access anywhere.


What Can You Build with Job Boards? Not Exactly What You’d Think

By Kathryn Lorenzen, Principal/Career Development Coach, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Here's something you might be interested in, especially if you're soon-to-graduate and spending lots of time on job boards. Did you know there are over 55,000 job boards online? And here's the kicker: the two largest, monster and careerbuilder, represent only 1.5% of the employers in the U.S. (Let that sink in for a minute.)

So... what are job boards good for? Probably two important things:

1. They're a very good source to research job titles and job descriptions so you can pinpoint the kind of job you're targeting, fully understand the basic accountabilities, and make sure your resume highlights the qualifications you have that are relevant.

2. They're also great for survey information on what categories of business or organizations are hiring, so that you can flesh out your own list of people and enterprises to target for connecting.

Here's an efficient method for getting what you need from job boards: Set it and forget it. Find on online aggregator tool that you like, such as www.indeed.com, or at www.mylandajob.com. Set it up to search for you. Then use your discretionary time to do personal contact work, which has a much higher likelihood of yielding a job opportunity for you.