I say this time and time again, but I will say it again. The more people that know you are looking for a job and what kind of job you are looking for, the better.
Here’s a success story. A recent grad came to me a few months ago on a drop-in basis. She was somewhat depressed about the fact that she hadn’t yet found a job. I assured her that it wasn’t her fault and that many people from her graduating class were in the same boat. By the time she left my office she said she was feeling better and more confident.
Yesterday, a recruiter from a national corporation came by my office and talked about what her company looks for in candidates for their management training program. The recruiter happened to be from exactly the field my new grad has been looking for work in. This recruiter was in town to conduct on-campus interviews and was also doing an informational session last night. When I asked if she would consider a May grad, she said right away that she would, gave me her card and suggested that I invite my new grad to the informational session.
After passing along the information, I heard back last night from my alum that she just finished an interview with said recruiter and had been selected for a second round! You can imagine my excitement when I heard this news!!
The moral of this story is, talk to people. Go see someone in your career center. Talk to your former colleagues, classmates, friends and family. Let them know what you’re looking for. For every person you talk to, you increase your chances that an opportunity will arise that they can connect you with. It may seem a coincidence that a recruiter for the exact type of job my alum was looking for appeared in my office. But it wasn’t a coincidence. What happened was a direct result me having the information I needed when I met with this recruiter. If the new grad had never visited my office, I would never have had the opportunity to connect her.
People want to help you. Give them the chance.