Job Searching: How to make it count.


“The most important secret to making online job search sites work for you: Use them sparingly,” says Susan Adams, Forbes Staff writer. By sparingly, she means only ten percent of your searching should be spent on these sites. That’s your golden rule! According to experts from job search sites and career coaches, such sites cannot be counted on as the ultimate way to land a job. Focus on the networking and direct contacting of the people in charge of the job(s) you desire. The full article can be accessed with the click of your mouse, but…

Here are also some quick and helpful tips (from the job site experts and career coaches) on how to use the plethora of online job sites:

Start with aggregators
– and gather listings from all over the web.

Use filter options
– For instance, Indeed has a salary range you can select from and SimplyHired has adjectives you can select to describe the workplace that would suit you.

* Use SimplyHired’s “who do I know” tool
– It will let you display Facebook or LinkedIn contacts with connections to each job listing upon your search.

* Set Up Alerts
– This can be troublesome if you don’t clean our your e-mail on a daily basis! However, signing up for e-mail that notify you of job listings as soon as they are posted can be a beneficial way to getting a head start of the competition.

* Go to niche job sites tailored to your major
– Examples are (Technology) and (Non-Profit).

* Pay special attention to listings for key words and phrases in the job post
– These words and phrases can give you help for the content in your cover letter.

Remember to not confuse time allocation between job search sites and actual direct contacting or networking. “Spend 80% networking and directly contacting people in charge of the jobs,” says Adams.

The Essential Tips for Phone Interviews


One important tool employers are relying on more and more is the phone screen interview. It requires less time and money for the company and allows them to gauge if a candidate should be asked for an in-person interview.

Make sure to take these phone interviews seriously, too! This can be the key to getting your foot in the door at a company.


1) Treat this phone interview the same as an in-person job interview.

-Have your resume, paper to take notes, any company/job research you’ve done in front of you and questions you have about the position and company.

2) With cell phones, make sure to go to a quiet area with good reception and be sure your phone is fully charged.

– Students can reserve a room at the Career Center if they need a place for a phone or skype interview!

3) Dress the part for the interview.

-Experts say if you’re dressed in a professional manner, you’ll speak that way.

4) Stand up to talk.

-Your position affects the quality of your voice. If you are sitting down or relaxing, you don’t project the same readiness and intensity as when you stand up.

5) Eliminate any distractions around you.

-Turn off the computer speakers, find a babysitter or roommate for your children. Be sure that your roommate(s) know to leave you alone in order to make sure your sole focus is on the interviewer and what you are saying to that person.

6) Make sure you let the employer end the interview.

-Tell them thank you for their time and remember to once again express your interest in the opportunity.

7) Go the extra mile and write thank you notes to anyone who was involved in your interview process.

These tips were provided to you by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and