Friday, September 15, 2006


Finding Jobs.

Hi All,

I'll use a question that someone left as the focus of today's post.
-What resources/tools did you use to first find these two jobs?

To find my first job out of college, I aggressively utilized the career resources available through the University, specifically, the Career Planning and Placement center. They used to have something called MonsterTRAK, but I believe it's slightly different got a point allocation per term and they were used to bid on interviews for companies you're interested in. I also HIGHLY recommend going to the Career Fair in the fall. Dress professional, bring several copies of your resume, and come prepared to ask questions to potential employers. If I recall, the Fair takes over the entire Union and there are TONS of companies there. I got a few closed-list interviews simply b/c I dedicated my time to this day! FYI, I attempted to do a self-directed search, but found that for new graduates, it was tough to break into a company simply by cold-calling/emailing...especially since I did not have a BBA. (note that 2002-03 was a very tough year to get a job). However, don't ignore,, etc. at the very least, they can help you see what's out there.

To find the Tiffany & Co. position in NY, it was a bit easier (but not much) because I had some experience under my belt. I relied heavily on (I like it better than Monster) and ultimately, Tiffany ended up contacting me after reviewing my resume online. In general though, once you have some experience (even an internship) NEVER underestimate the power and value of networking!! Keep connections alive, even if it's once or twice a year, to remind your connections of who you are and what you're doing. I still have a solid network of past co-workers at several different companies that I would be able to use for anything regarding my career. Let me know if you have questions on networking...

One note about resumes: I can't tell you how important it is to have a concise, clear, impactful resume. I helped out with recruiting activities at Target Corporation and saw the good, bad, and ugly...spend a LOT of time on your resume, refining and rewriting, and have someone who is good at resume-writing look at it at each step of the way. If possible, use a friend at the B-School! They have premier resume-writing skills because they have to. :)

Again, this is just my two cents; the Career Planning & Placement office has career advisers whose lifeblood is to help you!!

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