Job Search Advice For Students, From Students

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Last Friday, Jobs2Careers hosted a recruitment event in the lobby of the Computer Science building at The University of Texas at Austin. During the event, students entered to win an iPad Mini by telling us their best piece of job search advice.

Networking was by far the biggest winner, with over 12% of the total submissions. Other “usual suspects” included creating a solid resume, dressing appropriately for interviews, never giving up and having plenty of confidence.

But the job search advice didn’t stop there – UT students had plenty more to say about cover letters, company research and taking risks (specifically in Montana)…

Job search advice


Interview Prep:“Go to Career Services and do practice interviews.” – David

Hmm… This sounds familiar.


Resumes, Cover Letters & Social Media:“Cover letters should not be generic; Show you’re enthusiastic about the company [to which] you’re applying.” – Nathan

“Use keywords, like java, php, big data, in your resume to emphasize your interests.” – Donna

Some companies do use screening systems that scan resumes for specific keywords before passing the information to hiring managers. Using the correct keywords in your resume can help you make it through this system and into the hands of a potential employer. Keep in mind that these systems are not usually created to read a .PDF filetype, so be sure to submit your resume as a Word Document, unless stated otherwise.
“Always proofread your resume!” – Jeffrey

While this may seem obvious, make like Santa – create your resume and check it twice! Proofreading will showcase your spelling and grammar abilities, as well as your attention to detail.
“When you submit an online application, make sure to include a link to your online portfolio. Visit www.seelio.com to easily create one for free.” – Briana

www.wix.com is also a great resource!
“Clean up public information.” – Neal

We’re assuming Neal was referring to social media… in which case he would be 100% correct! Use these tips to tidy your online reputation.


Finding a Mutual Match:“Look for jobs with co-workers/bosses you can get along with.” – Nathan

Yes! A mutual employment match helps increase satisfaction and engagement in your work.
“Try to look up the company before talking to them and ask about projects they are currently working on.” – Hector

“I think that it is important to research a company’s culture, so that you apply to places that you would feel comfortable working.” – Briana

Absolutely! Doing your company research will help ensure a mutual match, inspire questions for you to ask your interviewer and set you apart from the crowd.


Networking:“Start networking early on! Use family, friends and people who know other people in your field.” – Cari

Totally! You never know when, where or from whom your job offer will present itself.

“Go to recruitment events – even if you don’t get any leads, it’s a good experience.” – Jasmine


Funny, but true:“Don’t lie! You’ll get fired.” – Jack

We know the main purpose of a resume is to sell yourself, your experience and your qualifications… but over “embellishing” (read: lying) will be easily recognizable to your supervisor soon after your start date.

“Don’t wear pj’s to your interview.” – Colten“Don’t be afraid to try new things. If there’s a cool job in Montana, it might be good to take a risk.” – Ilse


After hosting the event, we at Jobs2Careers have some final words of job search wisdom to pass along to students everywhere:

  • Complete all fields on your applications. Leaving something blank does not show the employer you’re detail-oriented, motivated or eager for the position.
  • Use your best handwriting whenever you’re communicating with a potential employer. If we can’t read your name, phone number or email address, we can’t (or simply won’t) contact you for the position, regardless of how well you meet the requirements.
  • Internships = Experience. We know unpaid internships are less than ideal (especially when you have rent, books and meals to pay for!), but we also know that the majority of today’s CEOs didn’t get to where they are now without a little “working for free.” After all, even Steve Jobs was an intern. So, definitely don’t tell a potential employer that you’re “sick of working for free,” because:

a. Not all internships are unpaid (we pay all of our interns!)
b. Experience is invaluable – especially in a poor job market.


Thanks to everyone who came out to meet us, grab some swag and snack on cotton candy.
Be sure to check out our event photo album to see if you can spot yourself!We’ll be back on
Thursday, February 27 from 6:00-10:00pm for our
Hackathon 2014!
Prizes include: MacBook Pro (1st), 2 flatscreen monitors (2nd) and a G-Drive (3rd).
You don’t want to miss out!


If you’re interested in joining our team as a (paid!) intern or full-time employee, head over to our “Careers” page for more details, then submit your information here.And as always – Tweet us often!
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