/ Asked by Michael
I'm about to earn my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration. I am interested in a career related to Marketing, Sales, Social Media Marketing, or Public Relations. Are there jobs sites for such positions that are entry level? I have been using sites such as Indeed, Monster, and my school's career connect website. Also, would you recommend uploading one's resume to such a site?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 6, 2015
There are a number of strategies that you can take to find an entry-level job, however, there are not any major web sites that I am aware of that focus only on entry level positions.  The most effective method of finding a job is through building your network.  The best place to start for this is on LinkedIn.  First, take some time to research and determine companies that you would like to target and in what functions.  Then search LinkedIn for people in those companies and functions and request to connect with them.  Once you have connected, reach out to them and ask if they would be willing to have an informational interview with you.  The purpose of this interview is just to educate you on what you need to do to start a career with that company.  Then from these interviews, they will often point you in right direction for your first job.

Another strategy is to participate in the on-campus recruiting events at your school.  Get you name in front of the companies in which you are interested and get on their radar.  Most companies target certain schools, so these events are the best method to make those connections. 

I would also recommend to still look through the web sites on a daily basis.  The job board aggregator sites of Indeed and SimplyHired make this a little easier by scraping all of the major job boards into one site.  Also, frequently visit the career pages of the companies that you are targeting.   
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Good morning. I would highly recommend attending the career fair at the school you are attending. Be sure to research the companies that are going to be in attendance and identify which might have your field. Once at the career fair, seek out as many companies as possible. Most companies conduct next day interviews while on campus and fill the great majority of their entry level positions this way.  Best of luck in your career search
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, July 9, 2015
Congrats on earning your Communications degree!  My advice to start by researching companies you are interested in pursuing.  Look at prominent companies in your area, what type jobs they hire entry-level and what sort of industry you are drawn to.  Then, I'd apply directly through their careers page and begin searching for connections within that company.  Use LinkedIn &/or your personal networks to find connections within an organization in which you are interested.  Ask for an introduction or employee referral and this will begin to break down some of those application walls that sometimes seem to exist.  I've worked for 3 different companies since graduating about 15 years ago, and every job I've landed started with a personal connection.  Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The major job boards can be a great starting point for your job search at any stage in a career, but recent grads may find sites like CareerRookie.com and Experience.com to have more opportunities that cater to their goals. Both of these sites focus on entry-level opportunities available to college graduates and give you a chance to see jobs that may get diluted on larger sites.

Don’t count out a quick internet search using a few key words to find smaller job sites and organizations that can help you meet your objectives. Finding a job and finding a career aren't always the same thing, think marathon not sprint.  So now is the time to take advantage of the countless networking opportunities available around the country in each of the areas you express interest. Networking is one of the most effective ways to get valuable advice, make an impression on potential employers and maybe even get a lead on the job of your dreams – especially in marketing, sales and PR roles.  LinkedIn and networking through the alumni network at your school can help get the proverbial foot in the door.

As for posting a resume to those sites you mention – it doesn’t hurt. Just remember, specialized skills and areas of expertise help you stand out in a sea of other resumes on those sites and be prepared for many offers for jobs that don’t fit your goals.
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