Job seekers: Be proactive!
Posted by David
I recently came across a video series on NYC Media about finding jobs. While I’m sure that each of the videos contains great information about the job hunt, I wanted to focus on the video that’s most relevant to me and other young professionals out there: Gen Y School to Career
This video features the executive director of NYU’s career center and a senior career advisor at Baruch College, as well as millennial workplace expert Lindsay Pollack: people who certainly know what they’re talking about when it comes to young adults and finding jobs.
One of the great tips that these experts make is to discourage millennials from conducting a passive job search: in other words, just sitting behind a computer and sending out application after application. (I’ve been guilty of that, and I can certainly testify to its ineffectiveness.)
Instead, they encourage young job seekers to network by reaching out to everyone they know about their job search. They also advise millennials to go to social events like book signings, information sessions, and volunteer activities where they can meet people and expand their networks.
Another great tip is to be proactive about contacting companies you’re interested in working at — even if they’re not hiring at the moment — because a job opportunity might eventually open up. Your alumni network can also open doors for you to connect with certain companies.
Social media also benefits your job search. Following industry leaders on Twitter, joining conversations with them, and connecting with professional groups on LinkedIn can all help you get noticed. Plus, more and more companies are posting jobs on social media instead of job boards.
So don’t just sit behind your computer sending application after application. Go to social events, build connections, tap into your school’s alumni network, contact organizations that interest you, create a professional social media presence: be proactive in your job search.