Archive for May, 2015
Of course, if you are in the market (actively or passively) for a new HR or payroll position, LinkedIn is surely your first thought when it comes to social media. But have you given Twitter the rightful opportunity to help you. As Twitter has nearly 300 million users, it is obviously another popular choice. Whether you’ve plunged headfirst into Twitter, your icon is still that “egg” or you have not signed up yet – you should know the ways it can help your job search.
Establish Your Brand
Whether you know it or want it, you have a digital footprint. It is your own personal online brand – and Twitter can help you enhance (or detract) from it quickly. Use your profile (with a photo your mother would be proud of) to share your insights and industry related content. Interact by tweeting to and retweeting material from thought leaders in HR and payroll. Your profile should include your job title, location and career goals.
Every day, we come across both highly ineffective and effective job hunters. Rather than focus on the missteps, let’s take a look at some steps you can take to land that next HR or payroll position you covet.
Do Your Research
While everyone knows this should be done, it seems like an area that gets neglected all too often. And what is research? It is certainly more than taking ten minutes to peruse the company’s website. This should be a basic task that you (and your competition) complete. The candidate that sets him/herself apart will dig for the nuggets that not “just anyone” can find. This can be found in places like press releases, annual statements and earnings reports and a simple Google news search.
Perhaps the most effective source for researching a company is your own network. Use LinkedIn to find someone who works for the firm either connected directly to you or through a colleague. Invite him/her out for a coffee and uncover what you can. Learning about the company you will interview with from the “inside” will give you an inside edge and insight as to how your skills can best serve the company and the HR/payroll position.
You’ve completed your four (five or six) years of college, attended your ceremony, moved your tassel from one side of your mortarboard to another, and now the real work starts – finding your first job. If you are reading this, most likely you’ll be looking in your chosen field of HR or payroll.
Studies show that less than one in five have a job lined up as they approach graduation. If you are still looking there is both good and bad news. First the good news – you are not alone. The bad news is there is a lot of competition for HR and payroll jobs. As a recent, 2012 OSU Business School grad, I wanted to offer a few pieces of advice that have worked for friends, colleagues, and myself.
Never Stop Learning
This is cliché and no matter whom your commencement speaker was I am sure you heard a version of this. But clichés are clichés because they are backed by truth. That being said, if you are offered a position that you feel is “beneath” your education and training, consider taking it… strongly. Entry-level jobs are often scarce and even harder to land with limited or no experience. It is not a “forever” job; it is called an “entry-level” job. Perform and learn and you may find yourself in the job you want a lot faster than you would if you hold out for the perfect offer.