Job Hunting Tips, Professor Style


10 Tips For Job Seekers

Job seeking college graduates may find the going tough as they speak with recruiters, meet with potential employers, or otherwise observe the job market. has been sharing surveys and offering pointers over the past few months in a bid to help work-bound grads assess what is before them.

business ladyBut when it comes down to finding work, it is practical advice from people who understand the ins and outs of the job market. One person offering help to students is Jim Parham, chief operating officer of Hirons & Company and an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Parham warns that much of the advice job-seeking students receive is not correct, saying, “I talk with dozens of students each semester, and definite trends emerge in their logic and behavior. Most students blindly accept what a friend, family member or academic advisor tells them. Unfortunately, much of it is poor guidance.”

To that end, we’ve tapped Parham to share his advice for the Class of 2010:

  1. There are few, if any, rules when it comes to job searches, resumes and interviews. An unorthodox approach may be the exact way to garner the attention of would-be employers.
  2. There is no truth to the rule that a one-page resume is mandatory. On the contrary, please take enough space to tell your story.
  3. Highlight coursework that is applicable to a particular job. Customizing your resume in Word is so very easy.
  4. Make sure you provide a current phone number and address on your resume. Don’t make it hard to be found when an employer is looking for you.
  5. Don’t overdo the adjectives in describing your job scooping ice cream. Managed a top performing team of two in the dispensing of frozen concoctions is a bit overblown.
  6. Ask smart questions during an interview. They will be impressed if you ask tough questions.
  7. Take innovative approaches to telling your story. How about spending $20 and assembling your own website?
  8. Check and make sure your references will give employers fair, accurate and detailed information. It’s amazing how many references, when called, are not exactly overflowing with great accolades.
  9. Try at all costs to avoid simply submitting a resume online to a nebulous, no-named e-mail box. Chances are it will fall to the wayside and not be culled from the thousands received.
  10. Write a cover letter about the employer, not you. Everybody likes to read about themselves. The same goes for company leadership.

Best wishes in your job search. We’ll continue to share job related information on these pages from time to time.

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