While the world seems to be indefinitely on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding a career can appear more intimidating than ever before. On May 5, CEO of Career Prep Consultants and job search coach Mary Donahue Quinlan led an interactive webinar along with GCU’s Office of Career Services staff to discuss helpful tips and resources with graduating students.
With companies listing an increasing number of positions online and conducting video interviews, it is important to remain confident and active in your job search.
“There is so much you can do to get ahead,” says Ms. Quinlan.
An overview of her key advice is as follows:
Be Market Ready
The first step in finding a career is being completely market ready. Completing and updating all necessary paperwork is essential. Those who are careful with details and keywords on résumés will stand out to employers who receive countless applications per day. Most importantly, become conscious of your online presence. Clean up social media accounts and take advantage of professional networking websites such as Linkedin.com. The Georgian Court University Linkedin page has an alumni tab, which allows you to connect with others currently employed in the field you are entering.
Set Your Focus
Develop a sense of the industries and positions that are the most interesting and fulfilling. Some recommended websites to research include Vault.com, Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, WayUp.com, Idealist.org, and FindSpark.com. By making a schedule for researching and sticking with it, you will stay on track for success.
“Finding a job is a full-time job,” says Ms. Quinlan.
Investing enough time to ensure you find the right career will pay off.
“You get jobs by getting interviews, not by just sending out résumés,” says Ms. Quinlan.
Work on making valuable connections with others, and keep track of who you speak with for follow-ups. Reach out to anybody you can think of and let them know you are looking for a job. Relatives, friends, classmates, and neighbors could lead you to your dream job, or at least other contacts. Ms. Quinlan encourages you to never give up.
“Stick to your dreams and get the job you want. The one you don’t will always be there”, she said.
For additional guidance, reach out to moc.stnatlusnocperpreerac@yram or the Office of Career Services.
Story contributed by GCU English major Melissa Grinvalds ’20.