SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — In today’s market, there are many challenges facing those who are searching a job. Whether your a recent college graduate or have been unemployed for several months or even years, challenges can make the prospect of job searching frustrating.
The first and perhaps most important question: where do you start searching for that job? Bud Dilphen from CareerPoint in Holyoke says that most of the online job search engines, including monster.com, careerbuilder.com, and Mass. JobQuest, are good places to start.
“Certainly the job search engines are the place people should go to just get comfortable with looking at them, and understanding how to navigate them, because the skills of one will help you with any of them,” Dilphen adds
Last month, students from colleges and universities across the region and country graduated and ventured out into the workforce. David Yelle from Bay Path College notes that often, college students lack the “soft skills” needed in the job hunt, meaning that many of them have focused on so many other things, they neglected their resume and even interview skills.
Yelle suggests that as graduates begin the hunt, “I think it’s really important to try and find someone who can help you.” He says that many colleges offer career services to alums to help them prepare, and be sure to “practice, practice, practice” interviewing.
What are some of the turn-offs to perspective employers? Christine Phillips from United Personnel explains that with some careful scrutiny, you can make sure you stand out for the right reasons.”
“I think it’s really important when you show up for an interview, when you go into apply for an interview, that you should always dress appropriately. When you’re submitting resumes, make sure your email address is appropriate. That’s really important. Try to not talk negatively about your past employers. Be very honest with why things didn’t work out, but I think there is a way to talk to your potential employer about that, without making it looking like a really bad experience,” Phillips says.
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