On Bauer Business Focus – A conversation on getting off the couch and finding a job with Ed Mayberry, business reporter for 88.7 KUHF FM.
A new crop of Houston graduates will enter the workforce this month, many with gigs lined up and others who will join the growing ranks of job searchers. Returning to Bauer Business Focus to talk about the job outlook, Assistant Dean of Career Services Jamie Belinne says Houston grads are better off than most.
“I am so thankful to be in Houston. I have colleagues all over the world who are jealous of where I am,” says Belinne. “While things are not as good as they have been, they are not that bad here in Houston. There are still jobs; you just have to work a little harder to get them.”
Belinne says it’s no longer enough to browse the job listings on the Internet and submit a resume online.
“Maybe in a better economy,” she says. “But now, not only do you apply online, you need to find someone that works for the organization, pick up the phone and find out what it takes to get noticed in a stack of resumes. The person who makes a phone call or makes a personal connection is going to get an extra look.”
With more applicants competing for fewer jobs, you have to be more proactive than ever.
Belinne recommends job searchers treat their search like a full-time job by getting up, getting dressed and keeping a log of activities each day. By staying in a professional mindset, a job searcher is more likely to have a positive, can-do attitude when it comes time to nail an interview.
In an eight hour day, some of the time can be spent on job websites, Belinne says, but at least half of it should be spent on making personal contacts. Personal connections are key to finding a job.
“Even if you think you don’t know anybody, you do,” says Belinne. “The person you meet in line at the grocery store can be a wonderful contact, as can your dentist or even your junior high teacher. That’s the beauty of Facebook and LinkedIn: you can get back in touch with people you haven’t talked to in awhile.”
She cautions that those relationships be treated with care, however. “No one likes being put on the spot with a request to recommend someone for a job. Don’t ask for a job. Ask for advice and guidance. People are happy to give advice; it’s not stressful, and in the end it will help you.”
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