Simple tips for applying for jobs

02/12/2010 at 5:28 PM Leave a comment

Snow certainly makes things difficult for Texans. My friend from New Jersey asked if anyone possessed an ice scraper here. The short response is typically laughter. With that said, the remnants of mother nature were certainly memorable—I have never seen that much snow in D/FW, 12.5 inches, in my life.

This unexpected weather made getting to the office difficult as well; my car was literally covered in 5 inches of caked-on snow and ice, so today (because I was the one laughing at the ice scraper comment), I’m writing from my humble abode at TCU.

On another note, we apologize for the sporadic posting over the last two weeks. Things have picked up very quickly for Zag, so we’re sorting all of the cards in our deck and we will be back to our regularly scheduled postage soon!

Now, onto today’s post:

Now that it’s February, graduation talk is getting hot and heavy for a senior like myself. Along with that, the notion of finding a job upon entering the “real world” is a bit terrifying. Here are some measures that I take that make the process as calm as possible:

Make a list. Scour job search engines, Google and postings from your school’s career center. Then, make a master check-list of potential companies you want to send your resume. Put it up somewhere—mine is directly in front of me in my room. A large visual reminder really helps to keep me on track.

Set a goal. In addition to the check list, setting a goal for the number of resumes I send out each week helps to keep the search moving along. For myself, I try to send out at least two resumes per week—I think it is a nice, reasonable goal that I can hit each and every week—but obviously you can send out as many or as few as you want.

Tailor yourself. For cover letters and resumes, you want to tailor everything to the potential employer. This takes some research. The easiest way for me to do this is to work with a large master resume and portfolio. With all my work in one place, I can pick and choose what to give to an advertising agency compared to a more conservative public relations firm.

Clean it up. Spell check is your friend, but please use it wisely. By that I mean, look at the context of everything spell check is “correcting.” For instance, there is a big difference between there, their and they’re. Simple spelling and grammar mistakes can really hurt your chances of landing an interview.

Send it off. This step is always the most difficult for me. Once your resume leaves your hands, or your e-mail outbox, it is out of your hands for the most part. Make sure you follow up with your contacts—showing the extra effort really can help.

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