“Talent Egg’s” website tips for finding job after college or university!

I am always looking for news or helpful information on education at all levels. Today I came across a real winner. Written in October 2013 by a Globe and Mail guest columnist, Kate MacKenzie, she presented four tips to land a great job straight out of school.

Of course it was the catchy title of the article that got my attention and that is precisely what job seekers have to do as well — get the attention of an employer who is hiring.

I also noticed that MacKenzie indicated in her byline that she was a representative of TalentEgg, although she is not shown as part of the team on their About page.  In any event, visitors to TalentEgg.ca have got to know they can count on good ideas and contacts given a motto like — hatching student and grad careers.

Hatching indeed!

Tip One:  Campus Involvement and Leadership. There is no better way to show what you are made of, and how you can be a valuable contribution to an employer, than what you did during the three or four years you were studying — be it volunteer or paid work. The reason this is important is because you would have been using transferable skills and attributes, such as showing you can lead, get along with people, organize and prioritize events, communicate in person and in writing and, last but not least, that you are reliable — that when you say you will do something, you follow through.

Tip Two: Make sure you have a mix of soft skills. When employers are looking for someone who has the right “fit” they look for soft skills. More often than not, today’s businesses look for team players. Being able to effectively work as part of a team is a soft skill. However, occasionally, the opposite may be true. So, being able to work independently is another soft skill. As well, as already alluded to in Point # 1, good verbal communication skills, as well as being able to problem solve on your feet, are soft skills.

Tip Three: Strong Written and Oral Communication Skills. Note that all of these tips involve skills and attributes that are interconnected. I have hired staff in the past. The key to getting an interview in the first place is the covering letter and resume because if you can’t communicate effectively in writing, most human resource people, or if a small business, the employer, will simply pass over your application. In other words, because you are marketing yourself your covering letter has to state why you would be a good choice for the job — whether it was advertised or you heard about it through word of mouth. Yes, this is one time you can blow your own horn — as long as you word things in a way that doesn’t come across as bravado or bragging.

Tip Four: An understanding of the employer and the industry. I actually believe this tip should be first. With the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, there is absolutely no reason not to have a pretty good picture of the business or industry in which you want to work. If being interviewed, you simply have to sound informed and interested.

Related to this point, but not part of MacKenzie’s tips, if you are to be interviewed, think of one or more questions you can ask. Why? Because no job interview is complete until the interviewer(s) say: “So, do you have any questions?” Always have at least one question ready because, as with knowing about the company and/or industry, it shows you really want the job.

Oh, and when you are researching the company, find out what you can about their dress code because the last thing a job seeker needs to find out at the time of an interview, is that they are over-dressed in a tailored suit or dress or under-dressed in jeans. If, however, that information is not available, it is best to err on the side of caution and simply go dressy casual.

Conclusion: The crux of the matter is that all job seekers right out of college or university need to figure out what skills and attributes they have that an employer might want. And, no, the major or specialization you took is not what I am talking about because that information is likely a given. Rather, think about what you know and can do related to your field of expertise.

To do that, you will have to brainstorm skills and attributes and prioritize them into categories and point-form lists. Then, you will have to use that information to develop a blueprint resume which can be slightly revised to reflect each job search. In fact, if there is an advertisement available, go through all the points of the ad and make sure your resume deals with each point.

That is where your education and training comes into play. If the ad says, for example, you need a B.Sc in a certain discipline, make sure you have such a degree, will soon have such a degree, or at the very least, have equivalent experience.

It is similar with covering letters, although obviously not as detailed because they are usually no more than three paragraphs. Just make sure each letter is tailored to the job as advertised. The first paragraph of such a letter describes the job being applied for, the second states why you would be a good candidate and the third and final paragraph says why you are looking forward to an interview.

Without a doubt, using these four tips to develop a personal job strategy, as well as what the TalentEgg website has to offer, is sure to put graduates on a path to getting hired.

7 thoughts on ““Talent Egg’s” website tips for finding job after college or university!

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  2. It’s a good start but what this list fails to include is the reality that companies and employers use new media before a first interview is even considered. If graduates don’t know how to apply for jobs using the Internet and applications that are all the same templates, they have to become masters at making themselves stand on using fewer and fewer words…..AND be able to spell on that Internet resume. If you try to skirt your way around a request to apply on-line, by sending a resume or cover letter, you’re already dead in the water.

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  3. My grandchildren have applied for jobs online but took a covering letter and resume to their first interview. They also put resume’s on the TalentEgg site, as well as their Facebook page. I am not sure how it is done but the principles of proving you are the guy or gal they want is the same. But, true, I was assuming correct spelling. I mean, I could write a book about how to prepare for an interview and conduct an interview. In fact, I think there are some out there.

    Now, there is a project for someone I know with writing ability and is significantly younger than I am. 😉

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  4. Taking a hard copy resume in to a first interview is advised, if a first interview is landed, but there are companies out there who will want those emailed as well.

    It applies not just to applying online but many professions also conduct their screening, first interviews on-line via skype, then another over the phone before anything real-time happens.

    It’s a whole new ball game.

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  5. It’s a whole new ball game is true. I guess that is why TalentEggs is doing so well. Go to their main page and scroll to the bottom and see the employers that post jobs there. Amazing! And, only started by a new grad herself in 2007 when she couldn’t find a job.

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  6. Bone, you say its a whole new ballgame. Not entirely I am told.

    One of my neighbours has a Human Resource consultancy and he travels around Ontario doing interviewing for companies that don’t have their own HR department. He is sometimes gone for days at a time.

    He said sometimes Skype is used to narrow down possible interviewees but more often that not, even if the Internet is used, the old fashioned verbal writing abilities must still be proved — e.g., emails have to be literate as a covering letter.

    And, wearing a T shirt and jeans on Skype looks just as bad as in person, even if the company involved is a hip IT company.

    In other words, as always, the winner is the candidate that can best get across that they are the best candidate for the job. Self-marketing combined with the right fit of skills and background.

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  7. If anyone reading this has experience searching for or getting a job through the Talent Eggs website, could you please tell what your experience was like using my Contact Form?

    Much appreciated!

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