/ Asked by Jonathan
I'm graduating later this month and still have not secured a full-time job. I've been reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, mentioning specific roles I'm interested in, and haven't had much response. Is there another way to catch the attention of recruiters/hiring managers besides reaching out and applying online?
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, April 9, 2015
What a fantastic inquiry. Thanks for sending this!
 
When I coach job-seekers, I normally tell them that there are really only two ways to land a new position…either you find the opening and apply, or the Recruiter finds you.
 
Let’s talk about both scenarios:
 
1)      Identifying opportunities and applying to them…
 
I would really cast a wide net, and do everything possible to locate open positions in your market (or desired market). This means connecting to friends, colleagues, peers, professors, other alumni, and anyone else you can think of on LinkedIn to maximize your reach and your access to openings. Really expand your network aggressively, and even connect to leaders in your industry or field. Ask for advice, as needed, and see if you can pin down a mentor or two. Keep an eye on industry sites, LinkedIn pages, associations’ job boards, company-specific job boards, and other potential avenues where roles might be posted publicly. Don’t limit yourself to the giant sites like Indeed, Careerbuilder, or Monster. Branch out and explore niche job boards, and even Craigslist. Many small or midsize organization may not have the budget to post their open roles on a complex site like Monster or CareerBuilder, and instead they utilize freebie sites (like Craigslist, in some areas). They might also capitalize on pre-existing industry affiliations and related organizations who will carry their postings for a much smaller fee. Register with staffing companies, like Manpower or Experis, too. It’s becoming increasingly common that companies partner with staffing or other talent providers to fill their seats, even for permanent positions. And be sure to explore the Career Services pages for the top colleges in the country, for your major. Find out which universities are best-known in your field, and extensively review their online resources for new grads. You might pick up some more tips, and additional ideas to try. Attend local job fairs or industry events, and get comfortable "telling your story" in person. Volunteer in your community, to build relationships with other working professionals. Expand your pool of contacts, both online, and in the market, in any way that you can. 
 
2)      Attracting the attention of a Recruiter, or prospective employer…
 
Make sure your online “brand” is professional, constant, and well-established. Your profiles on the job boards (e.g. Monster or CareerBuilder) ought to be clear and consistent, and share the same story. Spend time polishing and re-working your resume. Find examples of amazing resumes for others in your field, and examine how they articulate their experience and convey their expertise. Do the same thing with LinkedIn, and identify champions in your field, or just everyday people who have the kind of job you want to secure. Carefully go over their profiles, and pick out any helpful language or key words which may help you get noticed by a recruiter or Hiring Manager. Load as many key words, quantitative information, and power verbs as you possibly can into your resume and your online profiles. Be honest about your abilities, but try to highlight your transferable skills and any experiential learning which might be compelling to a reader. And don’t leave out your unpaid experience, because volunteering or extra-curricular activities can help a great deal!
 
 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, April 9, 2015
There is an old cliche that still holds truth: "It's all about who you know". Now, I wouldn't go so far as to say that people only get jobs when they know someone at the company, but it certainly does help. Reach out to your network of family and friends and let them know you're job searching. Tell them your interests and see if they know anyone who could help you find opportunities in your desired career. Many companies have 'refer a friend' perks for employees to encourage referrals. This means both you and the employee would benefit from them being willing to help you in your job search. 

Also, realize the importance of tailoring your resume to each job you apply for. Look at keywords in the job description and be sure you use those same keywords when describing your previous experience and transferable skills. This takes a lot of time and effort, but it's worth it if if helps you land the right job!  
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 10, 2015
You are taking the correct approach, but it can take some time.  The key is the approach that you take when connecting with company contacts through LinkedIn.  You want to make it clear to them that their company is one that you have targeted as an employer of choice for you.  This lets them know that you are not just trying to connect with anybody and everybody.  It shows you have a plan of attack and their company is a part of that.  Second, you need to start by seeking information from them, not simply indicating that you are looking for a job.  Let them know that you want to learn more about their company and their role at that company.  Try to build a bit of a rapport with them through e-mail contact and then ask them if they are open to an informational interview.  This will accomplish two things if you can do it.  It will help you to identify the best paths for success in getting a job at that company and it helps you to build your professional network, which is critical.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, June 19, 2015
Great question!  Sounds like you are putting a lot of effort into your job search.  I would suggest connecting with your school's career services department.  They will have relationships with employers that often hire from your university.  You can create a profile and search posted jobs as well.  You can usually access their job postings for some period of time post-graduation.  Good luck!
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