Top tips for the job-hunting Generation Y

Top tips for the job-hunting Generation Y

Summary: The job hunt can be tiring -- but how can you make your life easier in the modern world?

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  • The Twitter job search

    More and more employers are seeking out a job applicant's digital footprint before considering them in a job role. While this cannot be avoided, the generation growing up with technology should clean up their act before entering the workforce.

    The case of Paris Brown -- the U.K.'s first youth and crime commissioner -- shows just how an errant tweet several years later can impact on your job prospects. After securing the role, the teenager resigned due to a police investigation taking place concerning allegedly racist tweets sent into the social media world when she was between the ages of 14 - 16.  

    Several tips to help you are below:

    1. Clean it up: If there are any tweets that could cause you problems, delete them. Half a day of work can save you months of heartache later.

    2. Make Facebook private: While some members of Generation Y go so far as to change their surnames to avoid employers finding Facebook profiles, by restricting access to posts, photos and timeline events, you can control who sees what. A photo of you on a heavy night out might be fun for friends, but a potential employer may not find the neon paint and vodka so amusing -- especially as you could end up representing their brand.

    3. Create a personal and professional brand: To attract a recruiter's attention, create a one-line biography using keywords that are relevant and show you at your best.

    4. Tweet about news, not breakfast: No-one cares about the amazing food you had today, but sending out the occasional tweet or two commenting on your industry's news can't hurt. Participate, offer an opinion or two once you've connected to those relevant to you.

    5. Follow events and conferences: If you follow events in your industry online, and perhaps manage to attend one or two, who knows who you could bump in to. 

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    6. Use Twitter 'job search engines': Twitter is full of job postings, aggregated lists and industry-specific opportunities. The social media platform can remove the pain of registering on multiple job agency websites and cuts the time required to scan through lengthy job postings.

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  • Promote yourself

    One thing that social media networks, access to the Internet and mobile technology offers us is the option to be seen.

    While careless digital trails can shoot jobseekers in the foot later on in life, you can use the Web to connect with those that offer advice, tips and job opportunities. Staying current on Twitter and Facebook can alert you to job postings, participating in online discussions can get you noticed, and accessing resources can improve your skills and attractiveness as an employee.

    If you're interested in the creative industry, starting small and taking on freelance projects can help you with the rent, as well as give you valuable experience to put on your resume. Free courses on Coursera and edX can improve your knowledge in a field, and creating a personal website can give you an edge over your competition.  

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    Image credit: University of San Francisco School of Management

  • A creative resume

    Printed T-shirts, skydiving, tweaking company CEO search results to promote your name -- the creative ways used to snag an employer's attention can reach extreme levels. 

    However, you don't need to stalk an employer for the chance to put yourself forward. A stand-out resume can do the trick. While Victor Petit used QR codes to link to a video that showed off his creative skills, slightly more subdued methods to stand out also work.

    When trawling for candidates, the typical buzzwords are usually seen hundreds of times -- 'works well as part of a team,' 'enthusiastic,' 'able to work on my own initiative' -- and while some firms expect to see these phrases, adding something about you as a person can make you memorable. (Someone I know, who used these types of words, was given a high-profile job purely because the interviewer was curious about their time spent working as an elf.)

    Spell check your resume, use clear fonts, and don't go over two pages. Remember, these people are human -- and so what would you like to see from a candidate?

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    Image credit: Victor Petit

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  • Really?

    Sounds great!

    Except the problem is that the vast majority of kids (and I use the term deliberately) straight out of school have no idea how to do any of those things EFFECTIVELY. Attend industry networking events? So ... they're supposed to hop on a plane or travel 50-100 miles to the nearest largest city to do what?--meet the handful of folks from a particular company who have NOTHING to do with hiring? And then ... make a pest of themselves trying to "buddy-buddy" with someone in just a few minutes?

    And if they have no SIGNIFICANT real-world experience, what makes anyone think THEIR idea of a "freelance project" will be even remotely similar to something that would actually be representative? And--oh yeah--WHO WOULD CARE? They'll be looking for an ENTRY-LEVEL JOB.
    Rick_R
  • Why was this published? Complete waste of time

    this article is 100% filler.

    "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."

    Really? Of course, thats the solution: everyone out there looking for a job right now should just start their own company. That would totally solve the problem.
    ElgatoNL
    • Missing solution

      ElgatoNL, I think your reply must have been truncated somehow. Your solution to the problem is not showing up in your reply.
      johnmelb
  • Direct Your Attention to Outsourcing--The Number One Problem for America

    Almost no one is paying attention to the official unemployment rate anymore as we know it’s not an accurate measure of how many Americans are out of work. The more accurate barometer is the labor force participation rate, which measures the number of working age people (18-64) actively working or looking for work. It’s now hit a low not seen since 1979: 63.3%. That means 90 million working-age Americans have given up looking for work altogether, bringing the real unemployment rate up to 11.6%. Until we fix this, nothing is really going to make a difference. Gen Y should get their Congressional representatives to hit big business leadership with higher taxes every time that they send an American job overseas for greater cost efficiency. Failure to do this merely creates another unemployable worker to drag down the economy even more. Multibillionaires could care less, because their money is now tied up in international chattel that is immune to the ups and downs of the American economy. The 0.1% that have accrued 42% of America's wealth have little interest in redistributing it to the middle class. If this is not fixed, America is destined to become third world within the century.
    Richard Persen
    • Offshoring

      Exactly the same problems here in Australia. Most major companies are sacking staff and moving jobs off shore to India, China, Phillipines, etc.

      Within the next few years, we are unlikely to have any manufacturing at all. Ford is leaving in a couple of years. GM is threatening to leave if it doesn't get subsidies.

      The government is doing nothing to reshape the economy. So God only knows what will happen to us.
      johnmelb