Category: Careers

Winter Break Job Searching!

Hello Seniors! We are in the midst of 10th week and that means everyone is scrambling to finish projects and papers and, on top of that, trying to find time to study for final exams. With so many upcoming priorities and deadlines, how can you be expected to think about what needs to be done for next June? In fact, that is exactly what you should be doing! Even though graduation still seems a safe distance away, job searching takes TIME! Luckily, you have a six-week winter break coming up with no classes or homework to distract you from your job search! This is the perfect time to search for and apply to positions. That said, the task of finding opportunities can seem daunting when staring at the empty Google search bar. Here are some strategies and tips to help you get going on your job search:

Check LUworks:

LUworks has a continually updated job and internship openings database. By using the advanced search option you can filter your searches by location, industry and organization, among other factors.

Log onto LUworks through the Career Services homepage using your Voyager username and password.

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Site Review: graduate-jobs.com

What the site says about itself:

“graduate-jobs.com is NOT a recruitment agency, we are a specialist graduate job board. According to High Fliers Research (2007) graduate-jobs.com is the biggest independent graduate job board in the UK. We allow small and large organisations in the UK to post graduate job advertisements and search CVs in a quick and cost effective way. All our services are available online once you have created (or are issued with) a username and password.

The concept is simple: to deliver graduates the best selection of graduate-jobs on the Internet, and to provide recruiters with the most cost effective, focused access to graduate jobseekers.”

The Pros

– You provide them with information about “Industry sectors you would like to work in” and “Career keywords” when you sign up, so they can create a list of opportunities that are relevant to your interests and experiences

– According the site, “over 3,665 recruiters” use this site

– You can search the site for jobs by location, employer, immediate start, sector, degree, industry

– You can upload a CV (resume) document so recruiters can “head hunt” you

– Provides a section of “graduate advice” guide to “assist you in formulating a plan for finding you your graduate job”

– This site is designed for people who want to work in the UK

The Cons

– This site is designed for people who want to work in the UK (and primarily for people who are also from the UK) – so it may not be for you.

– Clearly geared toward students in the UK, as all others select “Non-EU university” when making personal profile.

– Also, enter “Degree result” with the options of “Bachelors Pass,” “Bachelors 2:2,” “Bachelors 2:1,” “Bachelors 1st,” which probably doesn’t mean much to U.S. students

Final Thoughts:

If you’re specifically looking for an entry-level job in the UK, graduate-jobs.com seems like a great resource. If you’re not interested in relocating, this site it almost definitely not for you. However, you may want to check it out just to see what’s out there for people with similar interests and experience as you.

Have you used graduate-jobs.com? What did you think? Let us know!

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FTC Disclaimer: A review of the site was requested via email. We were not paid and did not receive any compensation to conduct this review.

 

Career Paths for Generation “I”

A new career survey by Adecco Group provides a picture of the career trajectories and expectations of 22-26 year-old recent college graduates. The group dubs this population Generation “I” because people in this age group have a secure understanding of who they are and what they want – and won’t compromise to get it. Check out some these interesting findings from the survey…

Want more? Check out the article here.


Employers and Social Media

You may have seen the recent Associated Press article about employers asking for job candidates’ Facebook usernames and passwords (if not, you can read it here). According to the article, employers are taking the process of vetting job applicants one step further than just checking out their online profiles and now may want to be able to look at candidates’ accounts from the inside.

Facebook responded to this article by posting a note explaining that the practice of sharing or soliciting profile passwords is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and that they do not think asking prospective employees to provide their passwords “is the right thing to do” (see the note here).

But isn’t the information on social networking sites fair game to employers? Not at all, according to many groups, including government officials and the ACLU, who have responded to the news of this practice with outrage. They say that using this information is a violation of applicants’ privacy and that asking for it during the application process may be coercive.

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Job and Internship Application Tips

Life after Lawrence can be scary, whether we’re talking about after graduation or just following Spring Term. Below is some advice to help you secure a position that you’re happy with once you leave campus.

Set goals. No, I don’t just mean the obvious goal of getting job. When you’re searching for a position it’s important to have quantifiable, defined goals so you can stay on the right track. This may mean that you want to check a certain number job-posting websites per day or send out so many resumes to employers per week. Taking these steps and keeping track of what you’ve done can also help keep you from feeling discouraged.

Pay attention to quality over quantity. While it’s important to get your resume out to a fair number of prospective employers, remember that it is also vital to send documents that you’re proud of – as these are the first introduction to you that employers will get. This means that should tweak your resume and cover letter a little bit so that they are relevant to each position for which you apply.

Follow up with employers you’ve contacted. Once you’ve updated your documents and sent them out, be sure to follow up on them a week or two later if you haven’t heard much in response. Doing so can show employers that you really are interested in the position you applied for and can keep you on their radar if your resume was accidently pushed to the bottom of the stack.

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Avoid the Spring Slump

It is a lovely day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the green grass on the quad is calling to you – and you are stuck inside. While it’s nice that campus is finally thawing out, the warmer weather can make it especially difficult to find the desire to stay on top of your school work. Compounded with the added excitement about your summer plans or even life after Lawrence, Spring Term can be especially difficult time during which to maintain your motivation.

But do not fret! Here are some ways to keep your productivity in high-gear through mid-June (and beyond).

1. Break the seal of hesitation. Sometimes the hardest step in a project is getting started. Often, rather than actually writing a draft of that term paper or working on that big piece, it is easier to keep planning – which can cause you to get caught up in the “pre-work” process. Rather than getting bogged down in the preparations, remember that the earlier you start your new project the sooner you can start getting feedback and revising your work. Doing so can help you end up with the strongest finished produt possible.

2. Continue working (at least a little) everyday. One of the great things about being an upperclassman (or even a Spring-Term freshman) is that you have more control over your schedule, meaning you may have figured out a way to have big blocks of time without classes. While this new schedule may be liberating, it may also enable you to feel a little too comfortable not working on certain days. Get used to getting stuff done and you will not get in the habit of doing nothing during all of your time between classes.

3. Develop a routine. Part of being able to work on your project each day is making sure you have time set aside to do so. While routines may seem monotonous, they can allow you to get in a rhythm that can foster increased productivity. Also, if you get in the habit of maintaining a work schedule, it will not feel so jarring when project deadlines have crept up and you have to buckle down.

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