Have you ever wondered why you don’t get a job the day after you graduate? Well, by following these guidelines you will greatly increase the chance of landing interviews and eventually the job you want.
1. Making personal contact with your friends, family, and acquaintances.
Your friends, family, and acquaintances want to see you succeed. Talk with them regularly and ask them this magic question, “Who do you know in the medical field who I could contact about what they do in the medical field?” You will be surprised that you will be able to get to know many people each week in your field of study.
2. Setting up informational interviews with employers each day.
Informational interviews are essential when you are looking for work. Once you talk to your friends and family and receive names of people who work in your field of study, call them up and set up an appointment to meet with them for 20 minutes at their office. This has a good chance of getting you in front of the hiring manager.
3. Leaving your house each day
Many job seekers will say, “I have sent out 40 resumes this week and haven’t heard anything back yet from any of them!” This shows that they are spending too much time at home and not enough time pounding the pavement by going to town. It might be hot outside, cold outside, and you might think it is scary; but remember… it will pay off.
4. Contacting employers directly each day
Be a door to door salesman of yourself. Think of some things about yourself that would interest the employers and then sell them yourself by calling them or visiting them.
5. Having excellent professionalism each day
Be clean, look good, smell good, talk professionally (No cursing, proper English), dress in interview clothing, have a professional voicemail, email address, and ring tone.
6. Having flawless application materials (Resume, Cover letter, etc.)
Don’t blow a job application by making mistakes on it or sending them a resume that reeks. Avoid this by having multiple professionals review it and taking their suggestions.
7. Following up with employers and being tenaciously persistent. (Not annoying)
Employers are busy and sometimes they need to be reminded that you are still there. Make sure to send them a thank you note after an interview or after applying for a job. If you don’t hear back from them make sure to call them and ask if you can schedule a time to meet with them.
8. Having someone go to bat for you
This works in many cases. Have a friend that works at the company give a good recommendation of you to the hiring manager. You will be surprised of the results you get!
9. Being qualified
You can do this by going to school, earning certificates, volunteering, and working in a related field of work. If you do these you will land a job sooner.
10. Having a good background and work history
If you have something on your background, you must work now to clean it up. If you don’t have work history start working any job within a hospital even if it is housekeeping. This will pay off in the end because you are more likely to get hired if you have impressed.
Have any of these methods helped you land a job? Are there any other effective job search methods you feel have helped you to find a job? Tell us your story in the comments below!
Bryce Ramey is the Director of Career Services at the CollegeAmerica | Phoenix campus. He graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and is a M.B.A. graduate student. Ramey teaches PSY 299, Professional Development, and has 2 years of career services experience at the college.