How to Navigate Career Centers, LinkedIn and Recruiters

You’re preparing for your senior year of col­lege and thinking about what’s next. What to do? How to start? It can begin to feel over­whelming quickly, but job searching doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Start thinking like a hiring man­ager, and save your­self a lot of time and energy. Here are a couple tips to jump­start your search.

  1. Complete your professional resume and have it reviewed by minimum of 3 people including family, friends and Career Development personnel.
  2. Cross-check your paper resume and make certain it mirrors your LinkedIn profile. Yes, you should have a photo on your profile which can help to accelerate the pre-screening process. Don’t many of us view the hotel before we make a reservation or look-up the vacation rental photos before we confirm a week? Your photo should be a professional image that a Hiring Manager can view before they engage in communication.
  3. Google stalk yourself and clean up your collegial online history (i.e. Sorority Party)
  4. Register with a minimum of three staffing agencies. They are a great resource and can help you find a job. – Just do your research!

Work on that resume early. Career Devel­op­ment is a free resource and we strongly urge stu­dents to take advan­tage of this unfa­miliar depart­ment and make it as familiar as the local pizza joint. This depart­ment is the first honest set of eyes that will cri­tique your resume and help you begin your “job searching journey”. This depart­ment will pro­vide you with oppor­tu­ni­ties to meet Hiring Man­agers who man the tables at career fairs which become future con­tacts that you can net­work with or may become clients. Addi­tion­ally, by attending Alumni events you will be obtaining another group of future con­tacts to add to your “rolodex” which today is called LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a free net­working tool. Every time you meet an alum or a Hiring Man­ager, imme­di­ately con­nect with them because they will be able to help you nav­i­gate com­plex industry roads, salary nego­ti­a­tions and offer tips on who to con­tact to learn more about open jobs. There’s a lot of free advice out there. Do not get frus­trated, it’s FREE.

Addi­tion­ally, we highly rec­om­mend “google-​​stalking” your own name and cleaning up your public pro­file (i.e. Face­book, Insta­gram, etc.) before you apply to any pro­fes­sional job. Try Googling your­self in a browser you don’t use (so that it doesn’t auto­mat­i­cally sign you into your accounts) and see what pops up. What you see is what a recruiter will see; make sure it reflects what you want. It is per­fectly fine to have “fun” photos of you “in the cloud” (i.e. family party), but an image or com­ment that may be judged or viewed as unpro­fes­sional, we rec­om­mend deleting.

There are many mis­con­cep­tions about the recruiting industry also known as “head­hunters”. The staffing industry is not a reg­u­lated busi­ness, so anyone can say they are a recruiter or a staffing firm which means it’s cru­cial as a job seeker you do your research on the agen­cies and make sure they’re legit­i­mate. Take con­trol of your job search and keep track of which agen­cies and which jobs you have applied to.

We’re con­fi­dent if you take advan­tage of Career Devel­op­ment, get on LinkedIn, reg­ister with three agen­cies, and find 3 pro­fes­sional and expert recruiters your job search will be that much easier.

There’s a lot of dif­ferent advice out there and when it’s free you absolutely should embrace it!

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Deirdre Parlon is the founder and CEO of Black Oak Staffing Solu­tions. At B.O.S.S., Deirdre expertly does what has come very nat­u­rally to her over the span of her eighteen-​​year staffing career; she finds the proper fit for her client com­pa­nies and employ­ment can­di­dates quickly, con­fi­den­tially, and with integrity. Deirdre began her staffing career in 1996, imme­di­ately after grad­u­ating from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Her long career has honed the nat­ural intu­ition she has for placing the right can­di­dates in the right posi­tions, and gives her clients and can­di­dates the secu­rity of knowing that they are in the hands of an expert who has their best inter­ests in mind.  Deirdre resides in Boston with her family. When she is not working or vol­un­teering, she can usu­ally be found golfing or spending her time with her hus­band, chil­dren and her large family of brothers and sisters.