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Top tips for the job-hunting Generation Y
The hunt for a job fresh out of school or college can be difficult, especially in as economies worldwide are in the throes of -- or recovering from -- the economic downturn.
When competing against so many of your peers, making simple mistakes, such as creating a resume which is too long, can mean your application ends up in the bin, rather than a possible way to secure an interview.
Today's Generation Y has to use the tools available to them in the job search -- and technology plays a part. Dan Schawbel, Gen-Y researcher and author of Promote Yourself, has some tips to help you on your job search:
- While you're job searching, do freelance projects so that you can be actively developing your skills and building case studies of your work that you can use to prove your worth to employers.
- Instead of submitting your resume to a job board, conduct a people search on LinkedIn to see who works at that company and then touch base with them directly to learn more and explore opportunities.
- Create your own website and do a targeted advertising campaign using Google AdWords or Facebook social ads so that your credentials and name appear to the people who can hire you.
- Put the computer down and go to industry networking events so that you can meet the right people and stand out in the clutter.
- Invest the time you spend job searching into your own company so you can create your own income, gain valuable experience and not have to worry about trying to break into a company.
Advertising campaigns? LinkedIn? Websites? Read on for tips on how to create and use these tools.
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While the debate on how effective LinkedIn -- a social network for employers and prospective employees -- rages, being found online cannot necessarily hurt your prospects.
You can get a headstart on your profile by using your resume as a reference, and by using keywords, businesses that have filtering systems for potential applicants can find you. In addition, while space is limited on resumes, you can use a LinkedIn profile to write more about your experiences and key skills.
Instead of submitting your resume to a job board, conducting a people search lets you see who works at that company, and then you can touch base with them directly to learn more and explore opportunities.
The "skills and expertise" section, where third parties can recommend you, can also prove to be a bonus when potential employers are researching your digital footprint.
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