By Nancianne Esposito, Career Counselor - Graduate Programs
Here are the ten most important pieces of advise that I give to the graduate students who visit my office. If you keep these vital tips in mind, you will get better results from your job search!
- Look every day for jobs. Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes the first day a position is posted. Set a time aside every day when to look and apply for positions.
- Always attach a cover letter! Write a well-researched, targeted cover letter. Personalize each cover letter, by doing your research on LinkedIn, and addressing it to a targeted person.
- Focus your job search, and only apply to positions that you are qualified for.
- Use LinkedIn to its fullest capacity!!!! Make sure your profile is up-to-date, professional photo, recommendations, join groups, connect, research, search and apply for jobs.
- Dress the Part: When interviewing, remember to dress appropriately for the company and position. In industries such as Fashion, you may not want to wear the standard boring business suit. Make sure all garments are professional, fit well, are clean, and not wrinkled.
- Proofread!!! Every piece of writing you send to an employer is a sample of your work. This includes emails, cover letter, resume, thank you note, and messages on LinkedIn.
- Send a hand written thank you that shows your personality and the personality of the company immediately after the interview. It shows you care and have taken the additional time.
- Clean up your online profile. Employers are researching candidates’ online profiles before even bringing them in for an interview. Having an unprofessional online presence can ruin your chances of getting an interview or job.
- Remember the importance of soft skills.
- Be polite! We live in such a fast paced world today that basic manners can sometimes be forgotten. Remember the basics mom taught you, please and thank you.
The question that I am most frequently asked during an LIM College MBA Student Orientation is always, "Will I have a better chance of finding my dream job once I earn my MBA degree?" and the answer is not a simple one. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a job is defined as both: a specific duty, role, or function and a regular remunerative position. So I can almost guarantee students that yes, they will find a job. The definition of dream? I have always felt this is something personal which only an individual can define. So...the question I always have for them is, "How can I tell you if this is possible without knowing what your dreams are?"
Starting with orientation, Graduate Studies Career Services initiates a partnership with every student. As long as the students are willing to join the relationship with us, we are here to guide them through the process of learning how to both decide and best articulate to potential future employers what that dream job may be. If you are accepted into our program for fashion management or entrepreneurship, the road to discovery starts with an administration of the MBTI instrument during orientation to determine your personality type as an indicator of best fit jobs and roles within employer organizations. During the first 30 days, you will receive business cards and attend career preparedness seminars -- great first steps to jump start the personal brand building process, an essential one in building both your digital and physical footprint within the industry. In addition to required meetings to discuss internship opportunities, our door is always open to discuss job & internship offers, prepare for interviews, talk about career and/or graduation anxiety, or just to touch base regarding your progress in the program.
When you look back upon your MBA education, we want you to remember the entire career services experience you had while at our school as opposed to one or two pieces of advice you were given along the way. Rather than giving credit to an MBA program for getting you a job offer, we prefer to think that it is you, the student, who should get the praise for making your dream become a reality. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding our process at email@example.com.