Day 10: Networking
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. In fact, some of those jobs never even hit or website or public job board; they are just created through networking. Being consumed with perfecting a resume and finding references, you might forget that networking could be the quickest way to a job.   People hire candidates they trust. This is not to say that if you apply to a company without a preexisting relationship that you are untrustworthy. Rather, there is a sense of trust and knowledge of who you are hiring with an individual you know through networking.    As mentioned in the social media section (Insert link), joining online communities are a great way to network. They could be location or industry specific or even alumni networks for your university. Another great tool for finding any local networking opportunities is with the MeetUp application. With this free app, you can find local events about numerous subjects...
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Day 9: Social Media
  Do Recruiters Check Your Social Media?  In a word of evolving technology, social media is now usually your first impression on an employer or recruiter. Chances are when you’re talking to that recruiter over the phone for that pre-screening phone interview, they are looking at your profile picture or what you ate for lunch last Monday. In fact, 80% of recruiters check applicants Facebook pages prior to making a hiring decision.   Be Authethentic. Keep in mind that you have control of what information you put on the internet and what image you portray. Avoid offensive photos or controversial posts on your social media. This is particularly something to remember if your accounts are public and anyone can search them. Check your social media privacy settings to make sure you know what content is public information. A great way to check out your public online presence is through BrandYourself.com. This website flags any potentially damaging information, so you can be notified...
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Day 8: Job Boards
Traditional Job Boards  For those struggling to find jobs, looking on an online job board could be quite helpful. Though there usually tend to be many postings, if you spend enough time looking, and do so in the right place, you’ll find great opportunities. Job boards are a great starting point for anyone who has a few criteria restricting their search such as: location, field of work, salary requirements. This can help you narrow your search and illuminate certain roles. There are various kinds of job boards such as: Monster and Indeed or more specialized boards like CollegeRecruiter for recent graduates. Each of these types of boards serves a purpose. Your success with job boards varies on your ability to use them properly.   Using LinkedIn Strategically LinkedIn is more becoming a job board where companies post openings on their branded landing page. While it both are effective, some jobseekers find comfort in applying for jobs through LinkedIn as their profile is largely...
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Day 7: To-Do List
Why List?  A to-do list is a great way to remain organized and productive at work. However, that is only if it is used properly. Like any tool, if used improperly, its results will not be rewarding. One problem people face when compose to-do lists is to prioritize the items. With so many different things listed, it may be overwhelming if there is not a defined plan. To prioritize better you should put them into different groups based on urgency and importance. You could also add realistic estimates for how much time it will take to complete each task. This will help you pace out your day and see which projects may require more time and attention than others. Mark Your Calendars.  One useful practice that The Muse recommends is to make your calendar a to-do list. With that, you would block off time in your day for daily or weekly activities such as: responding to emails. It is a lot easier to do that task all at once or twice a day so you can focus on other projects. This...
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Day 6: List of Employers
  Simplify Your Job Search Some people find a targeted list of employers helpful when starting their job search. With so many different employers, some find it easier to focus efforts on specific companies and respective positions. While this strategy may work for some it can be limiting in some respects. Companies that people may frequent people’s lists could be big brands that have huge applicant pools with few slots to fill. With that, it’s not an entirely reliable strategy as it’s too focused on the company. Rather than specifically focusing on companies, searching for positions with a specific title in mind is the ideal way to approach possible employers. For instance, you could go on job board and search for a “Recruiter” role and see which companies are looking for that specific position. Some of your best options that come up may be with companies that were not even on your radar. Local firms with less brand recognition that may not have been on your employer list may be...
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Day 5: References
References are the best way to gauge if someone’s credentials are valid. These individuals should have worked with you closely whether its in an office or volunteer type capacity and be able to speak to your work and your skills. Do not include references on your resume as it takes up space unless it’s an endorsement from a notable public figure. You do not want to breach the privacy of your references by sending out their contact information with each of your applications. Also, avoid including “references available upon request.” It’s implied that you can provide references, so do not waste space on your resume for this.             Prepare your references in advance of applying for a job. Make sure you have received their permission and how they want to be contacted. Follow up with a resume and the job posting so your reference knows what to qualities and experience to emphasize. Usually the hiring manager will ask you for your references, if it gets to that point, unless they...
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Day 4: Cover Letter
Not all jobs require a cover letter as it tends to be more of a recommended document to compliment your resume and application. Adding on recommended documents to your application can allow you to stand out in the job hunt, so long that the information provided is correct. Make sure to keep your cover letter one page and customize each letter for the hiring manager, company, and position for which you are applying. Use the cover letter to expand upon the points mentioned in your resume, not just reinforcing the resume. On the whole, just make sure that your cover letter does more to help your application, not hinder it. Adrian Granzella Larssen of The Muse wrote about a great way to approach structuring your cover letter. It’s called a “Pain Letter” where applicants identify certain areas that their potential manager needs their assistance. This involves some research and discovering the company’s current practices as well as the goals and objectives in the job description. If you...
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Day 3: Resume
While it showcases your work experience, your resume communicates even more about yourself to a recruiter. It should capture your work experience, education, certifications, and any other relevant items. It’s one of your first impressions made upon a recruiter, so make it a good one!   Free Resume Template  Rather than focus on the content or structure of your resume, we will talk about what minor changes you can make to really allow your resume to stand out. For resume content questions, check out this great article from award winning resume writer, Erin Kennedy of Professional Resume Services, Inc. If you’re still searching for a resume template that will make you stand out, we can help! Download this free resume here.     Make Your Mark To further differentiate yourself from the competition, you could create a marketing headline showcasing basic contact information such as: John Applicant   555.555.5555   japplicant@email.com. You could even tailor a job-specific phrase...
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Day 2: Work Experience
  The beginnings of any job search requires some work or volunteer experience. These past experiences may assist in determining what field of work you pursue and showcase your skillsets.   Identify Past Experiences For those fresh out of school with little to no experience in your desired field, you're not alone. This is the roadblock faced by many new graduates, as well as people of any age who are changing careers. Even those who have an employment history but it's not recent — for example, if they left the workforce to raise children — often have trouble competing in the job market. For someone who is more established in their career looking to make a change, identifying key work experiences should not be a problem.   Make Yourself Marketable The best way to communicate your work experience, particularly if you do not have any, is showcasing your non-work experience into marketable skills. Look for those that allowed you to develop your organizational, leadership,...
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Day 1: Getting Started
What's the #30DayJobChallenge? If you’re looking for a job, we’re here to help! Take our #30DayJobChallenge to get employed by the end of the month. Whether you’re fresh out of school and looking for your first job or changing career paths, the job hunt is unavoidable. Throughout the entire month of June, we will outline the best methods and strategies for you to find a job by the end of the month! Each day we will be sharing new tips to help you in your hunt. What Will You Learn?  We will start the month off with how to compose the perfect resume and cover letter, then the best way to identify and apply for jobs. We will provide networking strategies for you to get that interview and how to capitalize on that opportunity. In one month, you will have the tools necessary to land your dream job. We hope you accept the #30DayJobChallenge!   Share Your Progress.  Tell us how your #30DayJobChallenge is going on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram. We’d love to hear...
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