Check it out! My company, TheLadders.com, made it into the New York Times Technology Section:
The upper-level jobs niche has been slower to develop, though, because companies typically hand off such jobs to corporate recruiting firms. Those firms, like DHR International and Korn/Ferry International, set up their own Web sites, but those sites are used mainly to market the firms’ offline services instead of connecting applicants with companies online.
To fill that void, several former HotJobs executives introduced TheLadders.com in 2003, with the mission of posting only those jobs with annual salaries of $100,000 or more. At the time, the company made an odd bet — that it could attract more applicants if it charged them a monthly entry fee of $30.”
Its all pretty exciting, but most importantly, I’m the one in the blue shirt and headphones to Marc’s Right!
Remember, if you have questions about your job hunt or need career advice, turn to TheLadders!
Just like when you were writing papers in college, your job search is going to depend on the amount of research you’re willing to do. One quick tip would be to do a blog search of the companies that you’d like to work for. Often, companies will have a number of blogs, some used for marketing/publicity purposes, but others for personal use. You can typically find out some inside information, based on your research of intracompany online publications.
For example, lets say you’re interested in Starbucks. First, you can check out their normal sites, wikipedia, and such, but the best source of information for you as a potential employee will actually be found at: Starbucks Gossip
You can also see that they are currently having labor issues, by getting onto the second page of the google results and referencing Starbucks Union
Just a quick thought on working in your hometown/finding jobs fresh out of school that can develop professional skills:
Go for your local banks. Often, they are in town centers (closer to home), provide you with a number of technical skills, and are a good intermediary between college and a more serious career. You’re also likely to learn a lot about personal banking and handling your own finances.
Along the same lines, you can try working for places like Geico
Geico offers training programs, and is a great stepping stone, if you’re willing to take it seriously. They have a large number of entry level positions, and my impression is that hard working people have excellent bonus/promotion potential.
Actually, it appears that they even have a College Recruiting Portion of their website.
Just thought I’d throw this up here…apply for these jobs, mention me and then referal money magic happens!
LinkedIn is a good way to get your name out there, plus, you can see the types of experience currently being gained by your peers. What types of jobs do my friends have? What types of tasks do they actually preform? You can learn more from what people are actually doing and what they are proud about (posting on LinkedIn) than you can from a general or misleading job description found on a job board.
I just thought that it might make sense to match the language in your cover letter with the language used in job descriptions. The people hiring you are the same ones that wrote these descriptions and will want a similar level of enthusiasm and excitement/seriousness/professionalism/etc…
To stay true to my intent, I thought I’d post two great sample resumes, one a general (english major) resume, the second a more technical (biomechanical engineering major) resume.