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Career Peers Tell All: 5 Mistakes College Job Seekers Make

June 7, 2016

I recently ran across this article and it found it very intriguing. Below are my thoughts about it and advice for other fellow Gauchos.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/04/22/5-mistakes-college-job-seekers-make/#112c54a01cbf

I’ve always felt like everyone around me was getting jobs left and right and I couldn’t even get an employer to call me back. I would see my friends apply for a small number of jobs, interview for all of them, and then get job offers from all of them! I was applying for fifteen jobs at a time and always getting “no.” How could that be possible? Am I doing something wrong? It turns out I am doing everything right – this article stuck out to me because it pointed out that students should be going for 30-40 jobs at the same time; it is a full time job to get a job! It is important to stay positive during your job search and not get frustrated by the number of rejections you get – remember every “no” brings you closer to a “yes.”

This article also makes a great point about the importance of LinkedIn; it is a fantastic tool to build your network and connect with professionals in your field. I would advise students to put a lot of time into their LinkedIn profile and always make sure they have a professional photo (which Career Services can take for you at the Career Fair!). I would disagree with Schawbel’s comment in the article about connecting with as many people as possible. I would suggest only connecting with people you would feel comfortable asking for job search help from. It is not like Facebook where you add everyone you went to high school with; you should only add people if you know them enough to maybe shoot them a message one day when you’re looking for a job.

I agree with the article in terms of students doing their own networking, going beyond just the employers’ website, and not giving up. Being part of a university gives students’ access to so many professionals that they can network with. Many departments on campus host networking events for the students in those majors which is a great place to go and find out what fellow Gauchos have done with their degree. This branches into the idea that students think they can get all their information from an employers’ website. While you can find a lot on the internet, students can stand out by attending networking events, talking to employers at career fairs, or turning to LinkedIn to research alumni and the career path they chose. It is great to use a website to find information, but these outside sources can help students stand out and impress employers looking to hire. These extra steps can also help you when an employer has not responded to your application. It is important to follow up about your application; networking or connecting with people who work there can keep your application from going to the “black hole of resumes.” Never give up on your application! Follow through until you get an answer.

DhariniClare-19webBlog Written by Dharini Clare, Career Peer and Environmental Studies Major at UCSB

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