When should I start looking?
Start your full-time job search ideally a year before (networking, attending career-related events, compiling a list of employers you are interested in, etc) and ideally one or two semesters before you are seeking an internship. Some companies recruit as far as a year in advance, so research the recruiting practices in the industry you are interested in as soon as you can. If you are not in school, start looking about 3-6 months before you need the job. You do not want to miss out on an opportunity because you were not aware of the deadlines.
What should I do first?
Use our Resume and Cover Letter Guide and Samples to help craft your documents (resumes, curriculum vitaes, cover letters, thank you notes and reference pages) that are strong marketing tools. Before applying for a job make sure you have had either a Magner Career Center Career Coach or a trusted professional review these documents. Also make sure you have strong interview skills.
What method is the best to find a job?
The most effective way to find a job/internship is to utilize all resources available and to utilize your network. Relying on only one method will decrease your chance of getting an interview. Applying to as many positions as possible may not be the most beneficial strategy either. Be thoughtful about the positions you are choosing to apply to. Create targeted, focused marketing documents to showcase your sincere interest and your knowledge and research about the company and industry. Quality is better than quantity! The most successful students are those that are resourceful, take every opportunity to nurture and expand their network and are committed to learning the ins and outs of successful job search strategy.
What are the different ways of searching for a job?
Use the Magner Career Center: One of the most effective ways to find a job is to utilize the vast resources available to you as a current student, recent graduate or alumnus. The Magner Career Center offers a database of hundreds of internships, part-time and full-time positions on the website HireBC accessible on BC WebCentral under the career tab.
Job Fairs: Attend any and all job fairs in your area. The Magner Career Center hosts a job fair each semester and often has listings of additional job fairs in New York. We also host workshops to help you prepare for the job fair. Our workshops and job fairs can be found on BC WebCentral under the Career Workshop tab. Make sure to review our How to Make a Job Fair Work for You Quick Reference to ensure you are prepared. You often only get a few minutes to meet with a recruiter so make that time count. Treat the event as though it was an interview. Other places you can find out about fairs in your area include jobexpo.com, careerfairs.com and womenforhire.com . You can also use Google to find targeted job fairs such as industry-specific or minority-focused.
Networking: Make sure that everyone you know is aware that you are looking for a job. Even if you think they do not have any contacts, the more people that are helping you “look” for jobs the increased chances of hearing of potential opportunities. Contact previous employers, professors, family members etc to see what contacts they may have or opportunities they may be aware of. Our networking handout will give ideas on how to build your network. Use social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn (more on LinkedIn further down) or Meetup. Participate in the Alumni Mentor program through the Magner Center.
Internet: Using the major job posting websites does lead to interviews. Again you have to be persistent and use as many websites as possible. We post positions/internships on HireBC from companies specifically trying to recruit Brooklyn College students and alumni. Review our list of sites that post internships and entry level jobs. The lists we provide are comprehensive but not exhaustive. Another way to find positions and job search sites in your field is to use search engines such as Google to type in keywords such as Human Resources jobs in New York, entertainment jobs, marketing internships etc. You can also use indeed.com, which searches multiple websites and posts the results.
LinkedIn: By far the most professionally-oriented of the large social media sites, LinkedIn is a network of professionals who connect according to common industry, geography, specialties, career goals, ideas, and more. Used correctly, it conveys the same information as a good resume and establishes an entire host of relationships that cannot be targeted using traditional job search methods.
Professional Associations: You can find a professional association to join by searching on the Internet. Associations often list internship and job opportunities and also host events to enable individuals to network. A membership in an association is an effective method of expanding your networking contacts (they organize many conferences, lectures and job fairs). Many of the association web sites include employment listings, resume databases or links to other career resources. They are also a great source for learning more about a career or industry.
Company Websites: Go directly to company websites to get information as well as apply to open positions. They sometimes will keep your resume in their database for future consideration if nothing is currently available. Some sites allow you to set email alerts when positions are added. Companies do not always post their jobs on the job search websites. Use Fortune's 500, the Vault, college grad's top employers, top companies for women, top companies for minorities or top companies to work for to develop a list of companies you can target.
Student Organizations/Academic Departments: If you are currently in school, consider joining a student organization and speak with administrators regarding job and internship resources within your academic department. These two sources often have career-related events and listings of opportunities.
Search Firms/Personnel agencies: If you have work experience you can often use a headhunter or search firm. Search firms often staff individuals for management, professional and technical positions. Personnel agencies usually staff individuals for entry-level clerical to senior management positions. Remember that you should never pay out of pocket for these resources. The individuals that work for search firms will be compensated by the employer, not you!
Career and Training Programs: There are programs designed to help students or recent graduates who need to upskill because they are employed or underemployed
Temp Agencies: If you are having trouble finding a full-time job, consider a temporary position. Temp positions keep your resume current while searching and can sometimes turn into something permanent.
On-Campus/Part Time Jobs: Consider taking on a part-time or on-campus job opportunity. This will help you develop experience and gain transferable skills for the world of work after graduation.