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05/09/07
Recent Grad: Seeking Hidden Jobs
Filed under: Position Searching, Recruiters
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 3:05 pm

> Dan:
>
> Thank you very much for your comments and
suggestions on my resume. I  have made a revised
version based on your inputs. Could you please 
help me and review this one?
>
> I have read through articles on the blog and
checked the “transferable skills”. I learned a lot
of things from those resources. While I still 
have a few questions and hope it will not take
you too much time:

>1. Based on one article there, most job
positions are not posted online.   Is that a good
way to call companies directly to check the
job vacancy there?
Is that good to use job agency to look for
job?

>2. I am going to graduate in this Fall Semester,
is that true that most companies don’t recruit
people in summer? Should I wait until
September to see more vacancies?


> Appreciate your help.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Y

One Response to “Recent Grad: Seeking Hidden Jobs”

  1. BlogMaster Says:

    Hi Y,

    Attached please review the draft resume
    containing several suggestions. Now
    some responses to the questions.


    1. Based on one article there, most job
    positions are not posted online. Is that
    a good way to call companies directly to
    check the job vacancy there? Is that good
    to use job agency to look for job? 

    Please consider NOT JUST CALLING a
    place nor SIMPLY LOOKING at the website.
    Please think hard about what you really desire
    to do and learn about the best places where
    you can do those things.

    Ask people in your network about their
    experiences. Then develop a list of the best
    places where you can do what you wish.

    Develop a job search plan. Looking for a
    position is very hard work… you have to
    practice asking people for help and you need
    to
    provide help to others. (There are a lot of
    details for doing this in this blog.)
        Do a good personal self assessment. Then
    develop your job search plan. (Again, look at
    this blog for some details.)
        Develop your elevator speeches and read
    material on networking.

    Recruiters can help in certain fields. Certain
    power source companies, for example, use
    recruiters.
    If you wish to stay in certain parts of the country,
    recruiters can help you uncover firms.
    The key thing to recognize in working with
    recruiters is ‘developing a relationship with
    the recruiter.’   AND don’t send your resume
    to boards and webpages, if you plan to use a
    recruiter.
    The recruiter becomes your agent for finding a job.

    2. I am going to graduate in this Fall Semester,
    is that true that most companies don’t recruit people
    in summer? Should I wait until September to see
    more vacancies?

    Waiting is a big mistake right now. My suggestion
    generally is to begin looking 18 months before you
    expect to graduate.

    It is true that companies budget on a yearly cycle.
    Large companies recruit and hire long leads on a
    budget cycle. One can’t predict when unexpected
    situations arise. In former times, things were
    synchronized with the budget cycle. More recently,
    things are more asynchronous with the budget cycle,
    especially with smaller firms. This is because we
    have more uncertainty now and use internet tools
    to deal with searching, screening, and filing
    incoming documents.

    Most jobs are available now in small companies.

    Hope these responses meet your needs, Y.

    Let me know if you have follow-ups or other
    questions.

    Regards,
    Dan

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