If you’re like one of billions of people around the world, you have a Facebook account. You probably use it to catch up with friends and see what’s happening in your community. But did you know that Facebook can also be used to find jobs? Well, it can! Here are a few tips to make job hunting on Facebook a fun and fruitful experience.
Tell Your Friends
If you haven’t already, tell your Facebook friends that you are looking for a job. Be specific in what you are looking for and ask your friends to share the post. The more shares you get, the more people will see your post. That means a better chance of your post getting in front of someone who can help you. You never know who is in your network! Your friends might also post jobs that open up where they work, so check your Facebook frequently for new posts about job openings.
Do you consider yourself an expert on all the career resources on the iSchool website? If not, there was a great webinar to catch you up! This past week, students were treated to insider tips on how to best use the iSchool career resources by Jill Klees, iSchool Career Consultant for Students and Alumni. Klees hosted the webinar “Your LIS Career Starts HERE!” for nearly three dozen attendees.
Klees stated that students who “maximize their time” while at SJSU by using the resources, completing an internship, etc. have better luck finding jobs. She recommended that students begin by exploring the Career Development website.
Klees next advised that students review the many webcasts available to them on the iSchool YouTube channel.
“[The webcasts are] all about professional identity within the LIS field,” Klees explained.
A recent article on The Wall Street Journal website announced that many employers are now placing job ads with the phrase, “No experience necessary.” Just a few years ago, it seemed impossible to find a good job that didn’t require at least two years of experience. For LIS students without professional experience, this change is good news. It means you can apply to more jobs and have more opportunities to land something you’ll love. But, what do you talk about in your cover letter and the interview if not your experience? Here are four topics you can discuss instead that will up your chances of getting hired.
The elevator pitch or one-minute commercial is an essential tool to have in your back pocket when looking for a job. It’s perfect to use in so many situations—like on the elevator ride with a potential employer. A little thought and practice beforehand will give you an essential tool for networking and putting your best professional persona forward.
What to Say
As an iSchool student (current or alum) you have access to a really fantastic resource: the Career Development website. This site is chock-full of great advice, how-to’s and more, all relating to landing your dream job. Unfortunately, you may not have been using it to its full potential. Here are just a few of the things you should go check out right now.
Everyone knows LinkedIn is a great way to network. This is one of the best ways to connect with other professionals around the world. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to write personalized messages when connecting. Instead, they use the script automatically provided by LinkedIn. If you are trying to connect with someone you don’t know, he or she may ignore your connection if you use the pre-filled script. Here are a few tips for writing an excellent message that will give you a better chance of making a connection.
Thank you notes are an essential footnote to any interview. In them, you remind your interviewer of the high points of your interview and give a lasting impression that you are a conscientious and thorough potential employee. However, writing a good thank you note is not always the easiest task. But fear not, dear reader, this post will walk you through crafting the ideal thank you note.
Start off by reminding the interviewer who you are (it is possible they interviewed many people for many positions that day). You should include your name and the position name in the very first sentence. If you are working with a recruiter, also include the company name. Offer a summary of what you will discuss in the body of the note, namely why you are the best candidate for the job. This section should only be a few sentences. Save the important notes for the body.
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for job searching and networking. With a little work, it could become the key to your dream job. Here are a few tips to maximize your job search on LinkedIn.
In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever to stand out (in a positive way) as a job candidate. There are lots of other people applying for the same jobs as you, so catching an employer’s eye is essential. Here are eight ways to stand out and make an employer give you a second look.
Many LIS students are career changers. I, myself, started out as a writer/editor before deciding that I needed a change. While it is exciting to start on a new path, it can also be very intimidating to show up to an interview with no professional experience apart from an internship and lots of skills that seem like they don’t transfer to the LIS world. But there is good news! You can actually use your background, no matter what it is, to your benefit in an interview. Read on to learn more!
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