Don’t know where to start in job-hunting? DU career services tell you how

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Till is answering a student’s question. Photo took by Yibai Liu.

There are over 2 million undergraduate students are graduating from colleges every year. And among those 2-million, only 12 to 14 percent of them would actually get a real job. Most of them, almost 85 percent, would remain unemployed after graduation. May. 11, 2016. Tyler Till from the career center gave his professional advices on job-hunting processes and skills for the students at Driscoll Center, University of Denver.
“Most students don’t realize the how does the hiring process goes,” said Till, the career advisor from Daniels College of Business and Career Center. “the companies always start with people who have connections with them or know someone (including relatives or even parents or friends); then they will pick the people who have been through the recruiting agency or who have reached out to the companies; finally and the least people they will consider will be the people who only submit their resume online.”

Tyler Till is a Career Advisor in the Career Center and serves, he also works as the liaison to undergraduate students in the Daniels College of Business. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with his master degree. When he was at UWG, he also served as a graduate assistant in their office of Career Services. He has a lot of experiences with students who are graduating or planning advanced in their earlier college life. And he personally has been through all the processes to get a job.

Till starts with the first step of the job-hunting processes by introducing the Lamp List. This is for the students to write down their top 30 to 40 choices of jobs they want based on their motivation, posts and alumni (this means are there any alumies in the company). Mark the top 5 on your list, and instead of looking into every single of them, focusing on the top 5 choices you have.  Always looking for connections in the company, if one applied to one of the 5 firms and get rejected then move the next on the list up, keep the cycle like this. “Never looking into or applying all the jobs, otherwise you will get lost in the shuffle,” said Till.

And then make a self-marketing plan (personal brand), this would include your resume, prepare for interviews, elevator pitches, cover letters and a linkedin profile (or a portfolio page). “Just like everyone enjoyed the Coca Cola Christmas commercial, you need to have a personal brand for yourself,” Till said. And after getting own brand, then it is time to reach out to people to set up your own networking.

Till mentioned a website called “Alumi fire” which is a linkden for the DU community. “There are now about 25,000 people on there, and the number is still increasing,” said Till. “Not a lot of people but definitely with quality. Students should reaching out to people and have your resume attached, and you are sending them information to get connection don’t sound too desperate that you are eager to get  hired.”

The next step would be waiting; be aware of what are you doing, anticipate to wait for 3 to 6 weeks at least. Think big, don’t simply apply for the lowest choice you can get. What’s more important would be have all the materials in strong shape, and again develop your network before you need it, plan ahead. “Don’t just apply online, make connections with people, most of them are willing to help students. If you have any questions, the panel will be held once a week every quarter or schedule an appointment with the advisor and talk to them face to face,” these are the final tips from Till.

 

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