When It’s Time to Search for a New Job
October 31, 2013
The following job-searching tips are from the PRSA Jobcenter:
- Be proactive. Job feeds and job alerts are important, but can’t take the place of actively using a job board. Targeted job boards like the PRSA Jobcenter are especially useful.
- Dump the catchall “professional summary.” Instead, put key information up front about you and your qualifications. Demonstrating a good fit makes recruiters read on.
- Don’t trust spell-check. Proof your résumé, have others proof your résumé and, then, proof it again. It only takes one typo to knock you out of the running.
- Network, network, network. Personal contacts are key, and professional associations like PRSA sponsor conferences, seminars and special interest sections, as well as offer student membership discounts.
- Engage on social media. LinkedIn is great, but use Facebook and Twitter, too. Many job boards will tweet a “job of the day,” and Facebook friends are great contacts — just make sure that your profiles are completely professional.
- Find a mentor. A mentor can be your most valuable resource for guidance with résumé writing, interviewing techniques and industry perspective.
- Do your homework. When you have an interview, learn everything that you can about the company and consider preparing a “mock presentation” on how you can help the company.
- Pay attention to timing. Keep on top of all leads. A company may not be hiring when you start your jobsearch; however, that doesn’t mean that it won’t soon. Check back
frequently, and you’ll be the first to know.
- Read instructions carefully. Companies’ application procedures differ, whether it’s through a job board or on their websites. Make sure that you read and follow each set of directions to the letter. It’s the first screening filter that companies use.