Category:Networking Advice

3 Simple Ways to Avoid the Hiring Black Hole & Differentiate Yourself to Employers

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By Sjoerd Gehring, Global VP of Talent Acquisition and Employee Experience at Johnson & Johnson Applying for a job is no easy task. When candidates submit a job application, it often feels as though it has disappeared into the hiring “black box.” Not only are candidates not given any information regarding their application, but they have to wait to hear back—often for a very long time. I recognize how incredibly frustrating this could be, but I assure you, you’re not alone. At Johnson & Johnson, we asked over 100,000 candidates what their biggest frustrations were. Over and over again, candidates … / Read more »




How Can I Better Utilize Recruiters to Land a Job?

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Grant K. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology asks: “In my experience, one of the best ways to get in touch with potential employers is to leverage professional recruiters. I have tried to find some on LinkedIn with very little success. I’ve tried different keywords but have not been able to find any. Do you have any suggestions?” Thanks for your question, Grant.  Targeting recruiters, both direct and third party recruiters, is a good idea and something you should include in your overall job search campaign.  However, remember that recruiters do not work exclusively for you so make sure … / Read more »




How can I learn more about internship opportunities in my field?

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Jenifer from California State University Los Angeles asked: “I am planning to major in communication disorders. How can I get in contact with someone to find out about internship opportunities or speak to about their experiences in that job field?” Jenifer, You asked a great question! Gaining experience and speaking with professionals in your field will put you in a positive position upon graduation. When I was a graduate student, I wanted to speak to as many higher education professionals as I could to learn about the field and the conversations were enlightening. My response outlines individuals and resources that … / Read more »




How to Successfully Network before Graduation

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An article by contributor Dixie Somers. As graduation approaches, college students have a lot to do. You must prepare for finals, complete major projects like your undergraduate thesis and get ready to move on to the next phase of your life. Searching for your first job is a top priority. The reality is that many other people will be applying for each job that you are interested in. Building a network of professional contacts before you graduate will put you in a good position to land one of those jobs. With a good network in place, you may get hired even … / Read more »




Six Tips to Secure an Internship

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Betty from College of the Canyons asked: “I’m having a hard time finding an internship position. What’s my next step?” Hello Betty. As a student, you probably hear how important an internship can be to your job search success later. In fact, according to this article in the Atlantic, “The Thing Employers Look for When Hiring Recent Graduates” the most important elements in hiring a recent graduate were “experiences outside of academics: internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurriculars.” So, finding and securing the right internship is really important and can create a lot of pressure on students. It may seem like an … / Read more »