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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  • Monitor your online footprint

    Type your name into Google on occasion, and see what information is available to you. We tend to be quite free with our data, and while this can cause security problems, it can also impact how a prospective employer sees you -- and this could decide if you are offered an interview or not. 

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  • Be realistic & authentic

    Today, earning a degree is no guarantee of securing work afterwards. You will be competing against many of your peers -- often in the same boat as you -- and so presenting yourself as professional through both the application stage and interview is a must.

    This doesn't always mean that the piercings have to go, or you need to subdue yourself in the interview room. If an employer thinks your personality would mesh well in the company, you stand a fighting chance. 

    However, it could take years before you land a role in your required role. In the meantime, anything to keep you in work can help. It may also be worth considering broadening your horizons by researching internships, opportunities abroad and free courses.

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  • Email etiquette

    Generation Y are well known for acronyms, emoticons and typos, but when you're sending an email to a prospective employer, email etiquette is key.

    There are a number of ways you can improve your email communication, including:

    • Check for spelling mistakes.
    • Use a professional email address, preferably with your full name.
    • Use the correct salutation -- Ms., Dr., Sir, or Madam are usually acceptable -- but not 'Hey."
    • Punctuation is important.
    • Stay clear of emoticons and exclamation marks -- unless they do it first. If you receive a response, tailor your reply to their tone. 
    • Leave signature-based profound quotes about life on Facebook and Tumblr.
    • Make communication easy -- send along your telephone number.
    • Keep it short and sweet -- there is rarely much time in the world of recruitment.
    • Don't forget to follow up. 

    A further tip is to avoid copying and pasting messages in contact forms online. Sometimes, due to differences in coding, the message will arrive garbled at the other end -- rendering it unreadable and immediately deleted. 

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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