/ Asked by Jonathan
I'm a soon-to-be graduate with a bachelors in chemical engineering. I recently finished a successful internship in the pharmaceutical industry. What are some things that I should be doing to best prepare myself for the job hunt?
Answered by Leanne, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The first and most important thing you can do is ensure that your resume is updated and reflects your successful experience thus far.  Try to use buzzwords for your field and put some statistics in the bullet points of your resume.  These things can help your resume filter through when recruiters are searching for specific criteria.  Try to list experiences on your resume that will be relevant to a specific company.  It's important to cater your resume to a specific company or job.  This will cause a recruiter to connect the dots and hopefully select you as a potential candidate!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
First, you need to have a strong, compelling resume and cover letter. Have others critique it and take their input seriously. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Second, secure references. You don't want to be in a position where you are scrambling to ask people to be your reference. Find 3-4 people you know - former managers, professors - and ask them if they would give you a positive reference. You can even ask them what they might tell an employer. Third, establish a Linked In page. Use your resume to build it and then connect with others, groups, or follow companies of interest. Fourth, clean up your Facebook page. While some employers are prohibited from viewing social media channels during hiring, others are not. Make sure your page doesn't contain anything you wouldn't want a potential employer to see. Last, make sure your email address is professional. Sexybunny32@yahoo.com or fratboy13@gmail.com aren't professional. Time to change.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
There are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself for the job hunt.  First you need to update your resume and ensure that it fits all on one page.  Be sure to proofread your resume.  There is nothing worse than having a first impression to an employer with spelling or grammatical mistakes.  I would recommend altering your resume to suit the job you are applying for.  To stay ahead of the game I would recommend determining who you want letters of reference from, whether it be former managers or professors.  LinkedIn is another great source to prepare yourself for the job hunt.  There are many employers who view potential candidates on social media.  Update your LinkedIn page using your resume and follow companies and groups of interest.  Good luck!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, August 21, 2014
LinkedIn is a great resource! Update your profile and start following companies that you have an interest in. Connect with professionals in your field, recruiters and alumni from your university. Networking will be one of the keys to your success in landing your first professional role.
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