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How to Target Your Search to Land an Internship or Job

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Looking for an internship or job can be a difficult task. With all of the online tools available to you as a job seeker—job boards, niche industry websites, social media networks, online resume sites—where should you begin your search?

It can be overwhelming to start from scratch, but that’s where a target comes in handy. A target is defined as: “a person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack.” While you’re obviously not attacking anyone in your job search, you should be aiming your job search efforts toward something specific during your job hunt. 

Here are a few ways to target your search:

Search for companies instead of jobs. Although it can be easy to fall into the trap of simply searching for any job in your field, you should instead focus on specific companies for which you’d like to work. You’ll be able to determine if their cultures and values meet your expectations at the beginning of the application process.

Follow your targeted companies on social media. Learn more about a potential employer by reading the organization’s blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page updates and other online (and offline) content. Look for key individuals who already work at the company with whom you can connect via social media channels. Leave thoughtful comments or ask great questions on their Web content to help current employees get to know you before you apply. Building these relationships first can help give you a great advantage when applying for an open job. 

Create a job search plan. How much time do you plan to spend each day on job searching? What about on social networks, creating a portfolio, or blogging? Decide how you’ll spend your hours in the day to land your job or internship. Consider each task and set the amount of time you’ll spend on it so your efforts are as focused as possible. It can be easy to get sucked into the “Internet black hole” when searching for job openings; having a plan minimizes these distractions. And don’t forget the value of offline job hunting—attend networking functions and career fairs, stop into offices and ask for information in person, and ask your friends and acquaintances to keep an ear out for you. Although a job search can easily be a full-time job, you also need to factor in time for your hobbies, exercising, or for any other activity you enjoy. 

Keep your network informed about your job search efforts and goals. Someone you already know may know someone at one of your dream companies. But you’ll never know until you interact with those people already in your network. Talk with these individuals about your search, update them on organizations for which you’ve applied, and make time for people in your network that you can help in some way. Networking is often the tactic that leads to a new job opportunity.

How else can job seekers target their job search to land a new job? Do you have a specific example of something you did that worked?

Phone Etiquette for Job Seekers

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Miriam Salpeter

As job seekers, once you have a resume circulating, it’s important to focus on the details to be sure your job hunt is successful. One important and often overlooked job seeker tip: Pay attention to your telephone etiquette! In a competitive climate, every impression you make on a potential hiring manager affects how you fare in the job hunt.

Typically, a recruiter or hiring manager interested in interviewing you will pick up the phone and call the number on your resume. What number do you list? Hopefully, you haven’t included a work number or home phone your roommates, parents or children may answer. Be sure to offer a number only you answer, typically a cell phone with good sound quality and reliable reception. You don’t want to give the impression you conduct personal business at work, have to worry that someone will be rude to a potential interviewer, risk missing a message, or have your five-year old answer the phone when your dream job calls!

The next thing to keep in mind is your outgoing voice-mail message. Keep it basic and professional, making sure it includes your name, so the caller knows he or she reached the right number. Eliminate musical interludes, political or religious comments, and anything the listener could interpret as silly or frivolous. Stick to a polite, brief, “This is (your name), I’m sorry I missed your call. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.”

Providing a mobile number for prospective employers doesn’t mean you should answer the phone whenever it rings, no matter where you are. Eager job seekers often make the mistake of picking up calls when they are in no position to be able to actually carry on a reasonable conversation. When shouldn’t you answer the phone? During a sporting event, while driving in heavy traffic, at a birthday party, sitting in a busy coffee shop…The list goes on and on! (Your future boss doesn’t want to hear you curse at a driver who cuts you off or listen to background noise that makes it impossible to accomplish anything on the phone.)

Unless you are in a quiet place where you are able to hear the caller, write down notes, and reasonably carry on a conversation, do not answer your phone if you think it may be someone calling about your candidacy for a job. (That’s any call you don’t recognize once you have a resume circulating.) The flip side is that if you can’t pick up the phone right at that moment, be sure to get somewhere you can return a hiring manager’s call as soon as possible.

No employer wants to try to have a discussion with someone who’s repeating, “Can you say that again, I really can’t hear you very well in this gym.” Or, “I’m driving and can’t write down that address right now. Can you call back and leave it on my voice mail?” It’s important not to inconvenience someone who may want to hire you or to give the impression you don’t have good judgment regarding telephone etiquette. Consider any interaction with a hiring manager as part of the interview process; never let your guard down. Make good choices along the way to demonstrate your excellent communication skills

How to Follow Through Effectively Post Interview

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Lisa Chenofsky Singer

Congratulations! You’ve finished an interview and are now thinking, “I’m glad that’s over!” But is it really? Turns out your work is just beginning! Think about how you are going to stay on the interviewer’s radar screen. How do you follow up?

The first approach is with a thank you note, either by email or snail mail. The delivery choice is based on knowing your interviewer’s preference and determining which method will work best based on the company culture.

Be focused. The thank you note can be short but should be targeted to the discussion you had during your interview. It allows you to reinforce your strengths and sell the value you will bring to the company. It also provides you with the opportunity to highlight any qualifications that you may not have discussed during the interview.

Know your industry. If you are writing a thank you note for a position as a grant writer or as an editor, your thank you note will be used as a sample of your writing style. In this case, you will probably be expected to write more than a brief note. If you are applying for a social media marketing role, you may need to write a brief note, demonstrating how you can get your message across in a limited allocated messaging environment.

Be relevant. After reflecting on your interview discussion, think about how you can be a resource to the company. For example, if you discussed a specific project and you come across an article on this topic, share it with the interviewer as a follow up after your thank you note. This allows you to appear in their radar screen once again. It is a gentle reminder that you are still interested without making begging inquiries.

Know your media. You can communicate by phone, email, mail, texting, through a social media site, and/or in person. The approach you selected should be based on what will be best received by your interviewers. You may have multiple interviewers and each one‘s style is different, so multiple communication options may be necessary.

Get connected. With the use of social media outlets, think about how you can connect with the interviewers. The use of LinkedIn can offer another gentle connection to reach out and invite your connection to stay connected. Make sure you customize your invitation note on LinkedIn. You can choose to follow the company as well. Consider following their competitors so you continue to build intelligence in the industry.

Think long term. Follow up requires a multifaceted approach. It is all about building lasting relationships. People tend to refer people they know to colleagues looking to fill other positions, typically before they are even open or advertised.

Following up after an interview is a delicate process of reading the cues that you perceived during your meeting. There is a difference between following up appropriately relative to the situation versus over-engaging and being seen as annoying. The balance comes into play as you think about what style works best based on the industry, the personality types involved, and the type of position. For example, a sales position in certain industries may require assertive follow up, but in another industry a softer style may work better. Knowing your audience, your industry and your abilities allows you to choose the best follow up strategy.

Remember, you are establishing connections and building relationships for the future. Best wishes for success!

You Applied for the Job… Now What?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By Andrea Santiago

Some of the most common job search questions often involve the method job seekers should utilize to follow up with a potential employer or hiring manager after submitting a resume to a potential employer for consideration.
Many career experts, including Lindsay Olson from US News & World Report’s Money/Careers blog, agree that how you follow up depends upon a number of variables, and you need to approach each situation accordingly.
However, there are several common denominators that apply to most circumstances, and these guidelines will help you when you’re trying to navigate the job search process after you have submitted your resume.
The best resume follow-up strategy is to submit such a fantastic resume that you don’t have to follow up. If your resume is spot-on for the position, the hiring authority may contact you first, before you even have to follow up on anything.
So how do you “wow” hiring managers with your resume?
Customize your resume – Pay close attention to the verbiage used in the job ad and job description. Incorporate the potential employer’s words and key phrases into your own resume, (where applicable of course—true to your qualifications of course!)

Research Resume Samples – There are numerous websites that now provide resume samples and resume builders for a variety of industries.

There are many ways to create an attention-grabbing resume. But even the best resumes will still require you to proactively reach out to the hiring authority to get feedback regarding your application and status. If your resume does not stop the hiring manager in his or her tracks, and you don’t receive a call from anyone inviting you to an interview, it doesn’t mean that you are not qualified. The hiring manager may simply be overwhelmed with many good applicants. Sometimes, you can draw additional attention to your resume and help yourself stand out over the other applicants if you are able to follow up effectively and professionally.

How you proceed depends upon the circumstances of your application. Did you apply online, through a friend, via a job fair, or some other method? If you know someone in the organization, it may be acceptable to contact that person directly. Otherwise, you should be careful not to contact the wrong person, or follow up too frequently. Below are a few basic resume follow-up tips that apply to most situations:

  • Be courteous and respectful of the person’s time.
  • Don’t stalk the hiring manager or over-communicate. You could come across as desperate, or you may just annoy the hiring manager so much that they could rule you out based on that. A good rule of thumb is no more than 1-2 times per week, for 2-3 weeks.
  • Don’t go above or around the hiring manager or contact listed on the job ad. Some career experts recommend it, but in my experience as a recruiter, and as a hiring manager, that tactic usually does more harm than good.
  • Your follow up should be brief, well-written, (or well-spoken if you’re leaving a voicemail), and free of errors, typos, or grammar mistakes.
  • Email is less intrusive and generally more accepted than phone calls.

If you follow those basic guidelines when following up on your resume or job application, you will convey a high level of interest, tenacity, and professionalism that employers want from their prospective employees.

Using Personal Networks to Your Advantage

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By Miriam Salpeter

Even though job seekers are inundated with advice to use their personal networks to propel job search success, it is not always easy to follow through. Social networking complicates the focus on personal networks, as traditional media constantly shares ways people lose jobs via Facebook and networks like it, without showcasing stories from people who found jobs! With thousands of people joining online networks each day, it’s impossible to ignore these tools when leveraging personal networks for job opportunities. The key for job seekers is knowing how to use in-person and online communities without seeming like a desperate job seeker. Read on for suggestions!
Real, In-Person Networks
Just because social media is so pervasive doesn’t mean job seekers should ignore their in-person networks. Advise job seekers to consider any party as a networking opportunity. This includes backyard barbeques, birthday parties, and professional socials. Job seekers never know where they may meet the perfect contact to provide a professional introduction.

However, it’s important not to parade around these events with a virtual “J” for job hunter on the forehead. No one wants to get stuck talking to someone who seems desperate or needy and who only wants to discuss possible job connections. Important points for job hunters to consider when meeting new people in person:

  • Be a listener first. Make every person feel as if he or she is important and valued. Ask a lot of questions. The goal should be to continue the conversation at a later date. People enjoy and appreciate spending time with people who are good listeners and seem interested in them.
  • Learn some personal details about contacts to make it easy to follow-up and keep in touch. (It’s a good idea to advise job seekers to excuse themselves to jot down some notes after conversations.) For example, take note of the contact’s favorite sports team or hobby. In a month or two, send a note commenting on the team’s progress (if it’s positive!) or forward an article or blog post relevant to the person’s hobby. Doing so helps keep the job seeker top-of-mind and reminds the contact to think about possible networking opportunities for the person.
  • It is important for the job seeker to work something into the conversation relevant to his or her search, but he or she should refrain from actually asking for help during an informal gathering or first meeting. For example, “I’m an enterprise technology HR professional focused on finance. I’m actually seeking a new opportunity, possibly in an Oracle environment.” This statement offers information, but does not ask for anything in return. Most people won’t have a great lead or suggestion off the tops of their heads, anyway. It’s better to ask the new contact to meet for coffee at a later time. Resist asking for anything specific until the follow-up meeting.
  • Always ask new acquaintances if they are willing to connect via LinkedIn. (And then follow up right after the event.)
  • It’s easy to recognize if a contact is amenable to getting together. Follow up immediately with an invitation for coffee or lunch. During the informational meeting, job seekers should be sure to continue to demonstrate expertise, but also make it clear what organizations or individuals they would like to meet and request introductions if possible.
  • If the contact offers to “keep his ears open” for the job seeker after an in-person meeting, it means he doesn’t have enough information to know how to help. In that case, re-state job search objectives and suggest companies of interest. It’s up to the job seeker to be sure contacts know what they can do to help. Don’t leave the results up to chance.

Connecting with online personal networks
In many ways, the “rules” for social networking are the same as in-person networking: listen more than you contribute, don’t ask for something before you build a relationship, and give before you expect to get. Job seekers shouldn’t ignore opportunities to use Facebook, where most of their contacts actually know them! Some advice to help job seekers motivate Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter contacts to help them:

  • Maintain complete profiles on all of the “big three:” LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Incorporate keywords to help readers know what the job seeker knows and how he or she can contribute.
  • Use Facebook and LinkedIn status updates and tweets to illustrate expertise. Job seekers should post updates making it clear they understand their targeted fields. It’s easy to find links and data to post online by searching Google or by setting a Google alert. Another way to keep up-to-date about company information is to follow companies via LinkedIn to source details to share on social networks. For example, if someone wants a job in insurance, he or she should follow news sources for regulatory updates and other useful information to share on Facebook. This helps everyone following the job seeker understand his or her interests and field and may make contacts more likely to think of the person if they learn of appropriate opportunities.
  • Occasionally mention a company of interest via status updates, but constantly referring to a job hunt is counterproductive.
  • Present a totally professional persona, eliminating anything the job seeker wouldn’t want an employer to see. This helps friends and contacts see the job seeker as a potential employee or referral.

5 Ways for Recent College Graduates to Find Available Jobs

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Graduation has come and gone, and another batch of college students now find themselves in the “real world” of job searching. It can be scary, confusing and downright frustrating—especially because many of today’s colleges and universities don’t properly prepare students for their entry-level job search.

You might have a good idea of what you want in your ideal job—but where do you find it? Below are several ways I’d suggest getting started in your job search:

Participate in professional and job seeking communities. Communities are a valuable form of support and advice during a job search. The other participants can also be a great addition to your network. These groups of people exist both online and offline – think social media groups and chats, professional associations, and support groups – and can be a great source of inspiration and information in a job search. Being active and engaging in these groups can make you more visible to those who can help in your job search and allow you to give back with advice of your own.

Follow companies of interest on social media sites. Social media has changed the way organizations hire and source potential candidates, making it easier than ever for a job seeker to connect directly to the company they’d like to work for. Following their official Twitter account, Facebook page or blog feed can help ensure that you’ll be the first to know about potential openings and helps you learn more about the company at hand.

Volunteer or intern at a prospective employer. Although internships are often unpaid, it’s a valuable look inside of a company you desire to work for. During an internship or volunteer position, you’ll get to know employees at the organization all while gaining skills and experience in your field. It’s a great way to prove yourself as a professional and gain an “in” at the company. In fact, many employers look to their intern pool or employee referral list when looking to hire for entry-level positions.

Check major job boards, company career sites and Craigslist. While job listings shouldn’t be the only job search tactic you have in your arsenal, they’re certainly a valuable way to gauge who’s hiring and where. Job and Career Accelerator can help you find up-to-date job listings in hundreds of fields.

Just make sure you don’t spend all your time combing through job listings that might not even land an interview—you should also be networking, preparing your job search documents and polishing your online presence.

Reach out to your personal and professional network. Networking is often the best tactic to finding your next job. Whether it’s because you know someone at a company you’ve applied at and they put in a good word for you, or because a friend refers you to an unadvertised job opening they heard about, don’t forget to network early and often. Hopefully you’ve built a strong network before leaving school (always network before you need something!). Continue meeting new people and reaching out to others you’d like to build a professional relationship with. Remember, networking is a two-way street—you must provide value to your connections, too. Believe me, you have valuable advice and insight to share. Don’t be shy!

How to Use Social Networks to Find Job Opportunities

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Using social networks for your job search can expand your network and introduce you to new people, but you can also leverage those networks to find job announcements and find places to upload your resume.

Did you know LinkedIn has a job board? Follow the “Jobs” tab on LinkedIn.com’s top toolbar. It will bring you to positions suggested by LinkedIn based on your profile. The best part is that the site shows who posted the position (and links to that person’s profile), and displays people in your network who are connected to the organization of interest. Be sure to fill out your profile completely and take advantage of LinkedIn’s capabilities.

Many agree that job seekers should focus on using Twitter to expand their networks and meet new people. In addition, there are a variety of services that stream job opportunities and have tools to help connect job seekers with new opportunities. Here are just a few of these services:

@jobshouts / jobshouts.com
A free resource for job seekers, this service tweets jobs from their Twitter account. As Alison Doyle of About.com explains, “…Jobs can be found either by following JobShouts on Twitter, or by searching “jobs” or keywords found in posted job titles. Each job creator is carefully screened by a jobshouts.com team member. Jobshouts provides quality jobs in a variety of verticals to a targeted group of twitter followers and professionals.”

@TweetMyJOBS / tweetmyjobs.com
This service created close to 10,000 location and job-type specific Job Channels for job seekers to follow. After job seekers register, the founder explained, “Jobs that match the profile are tweeted directly to the job seeker via their preferred communication channel, and can even show up as text messages on their mobile phone the instant that the job gets posted.”

@tweetajob / tweetajob.com
Job seekers specify a location and career interest and receive targeted tweets. Jobseekers may choose to receive job postings via Twitter feed, through the Tweetajob search engine or via mobile devices.

Some applications that take advantage of Facebook’s social graph are beginning to take a professional focus. Two to watch:

  • Branchout. This app offers jobseekers many options. You may search for open jobs by company name, position, or skill and filter those jobs by location. For example, you could search for IBM, V.P. of Sales, or sales, and sort your results by city. The most powerful feature on BranchOut is the ability to identify friends and friends-of-friends at the companies where you want to work. Just type in the name of a company, see your 1st and 2nd degree connections at that company, and request an introduction – if necessary – in just one click.
  • Jibe. This application only posts jobs directly from Fortune 1000, name-brand, and up-and-coming companies. They note, “You won’t find any spam, multi-level marketing, or commission-only jobs on JIBE… You never have to leave JIBE to apply for a job, and you never have to fill out the same profile information more than once.”

A new service, now in open beta, StartWire lets you sign in via LinkedIn or Facebook and will sort through 7,000 + job boards, employers, and search firms to identify the ones that are actively searching for people like you. StartWire may help accelerate your job search through social collaboration with a trusted network of friends, colleagues, and experts. It allows you to download your resume, create updates on where you’ve applied, the status of your applications, and the companies and jobs you like. You may share your updates with your selected network and get advice, targeted jobs, and networking recommendations from StartWire experts for free.

Consider incorporating some of these social networking tools into your job search plans to enhance the power of the social web.

Twitter Helps Jobseekers Improve their Communication Skills

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By Job & Career Accelerator Admin

The skills Twitter requires to be successful—including communicating succinctly and clearly in 140 characters or few—are important for job seekers. A report from a study that analyzed 500 resumes in the U.K. indicates that “using Twitter trains people to be succinct, leading to interesting, eye catching, and short CVs which appeal to recruiters,” according to TheNextWeb.com.

 Since Twitter requires users to shrink their comments to soundbyte sized “tweets,” regular users exercise important workplace skills, including:

  •  Being concise. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I’ve written a long one instead.” It takes time, skill, and effort to eliminate excess verbiage. Since Twitter only allows posts that are 140 characters or fewer (including spaces, punctuation, and symbols), it forces users to identify and write about their main points.
  • Editing and writing. Crafting tweets that share useful information, have an impact for readers, and do not rely on excessive text-speak and abbreviations requires some skill. Using Twitter will help job seekers improve their editing and writing abilities.
  • Vocabulary expanding. Sometimes, it might be necessary to consult a thesaurus to find just the right word to express a thought via Twitter. Learning new vocabulary may help job seekers appear more intelligent and will improve their ability to communicate in the workplace.

TheNextWeb.com quotes Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, who agrees that job seekers may benefit from using Twitter. He said: “When reviewing CVs for the first time, employers may only […] see candidates’ short summaries, so a jobseeker with a standard, dull or uninteresting personal synopsis is less likely to be shortlisted.”

Being able to write concise, engaging points and other resume content improves a job seeker’s chances of being noticed, and Twitter, in conjunction with Job and Career Accelerator’s powerful Resume Builder, offers the perfect training ground.

Five Essential Online Social Networking Tips: How to Use LinkedIn to Your Advantage

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By Miriam Salpeter

LinkedIn is more than a place to publish and store your resume online. It is a network that offers an opportunity to connect with thousands (even millions) of people who provide the potential for job leads and hiring opportunities.

For those who view LinkedIn as a “set it and forget it” network, it is time to revisit a site that is constantly updating and reinventing itself, and providing new tools for job seekers. Here are five of LinkedIn’s best features that jobseekers may be overlooking:

1. Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter of Career Trend collected several ideas to help use LinkedIn well, including advice from Hannah Morgan, career consultant and strategist at Career Sherpa, to “selectively join and participate in LinkedIn groups where you can give and receive value.” It is easy to join groups on LinkedIn. Just click on “groups” in the top navigation bar. LinkedIn even suggests “groups you may like” and provides a searchable directory. There are bound to be multiple potential groups to join, but it is a good idea to be selective. Encourage jobseekers to review groups and assess:

  • How many members belong?
  • How active the group is. How many posts and news items are listed? Do people seem actively engaged?
  • Is the group carefully monitored? While a group that requires permission to join may seem like an unwelcome barrier, it is a sign that someone cares a lot about the group, and is willing to invest time in making sure it is useful and its membership is monitored.

Have job seekers choose several groups to join that seem to promise ongoing interaction, and then participate actively. Review contributions, make comments, add news and discussion items, and answer questions. Doing so helps raise a job seeker’s profile in a community of his or her peers, and may make it more likely to learn about useful job leads.

2. Did you know that you can follow companies on LinkedIn? Have job seekers navigate to the “More” tab on LinkedIn’s toolbar and select companies from the dropdown. This feature makes it easy to learn when people either join or leave an organization. Following a company also allows a job seeker to review activity from the organization’s employees. A user may be able to learn when and where a company’s employees are speaking at events, what conferences they attend, and what books they read (depending on how many share and update this information on their profiles).

3. LinkedIn recently introduced several new sections as part of their profiles. A user may now include the following information in its own section, which helps make it easier for people to find and search. Be sure to have job seekers add these sections to their profiles if they are relevant:

  • Certifications
  • Languages
  • Patents
  • Publications
  • Skills

4. Job seekers should use all of their LinkedIn real estate to their advantage. By only including basic information or a few sentences in the summary and specialties sections, prime real estate is wasted.  It is important to include details that will make it easier for people to find the job seeker. I strongly suggest completing a profile with in-depth information that anyone who might want to hire a job seeker will find useful.

5. Remember, recruiters and employers will only find a job seeker if they use keywords in their profile. Craig Fisher, a former recruiter and current Vice President of Business Development at People Report explains, “As a job seeker, you need keywords in your Linkedin profile that will be specific to your niche, in order to help separate yours from the hundreds of less targeted profiles….Having these listed multiple times in your profile will help it come up at the top of the search results.”

Following these suggestions will help ensure that a job seeker is using LinkedIn’s tools to his or her best advantage!  It will also help to insure that one’s main areas of interests and skills are appropriately matched with the correct job leads and contacts, and ultimately the best job.

Hiring Outlook Improves for Class of 2011

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

As a current college student or recent grad, it’s hard to ignore the constant drumbeat of negativity on the employment market coming from the media. To read the news, you would think that the only way students are going to be able to find a job is to pack up and move to China. Fortunately, a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has some good news to offer about the state of the job market.

Although this statistic doesn’t quite indicate that we’re entering an employment boom, it does suggest that the job market is in healthier shape than it has been for the past few years. A similar NACE survey from 2009 projected that hiring of recent grads would drop by 21.6%.

Despite the good news, the job market is still competitive, especially for entry-level positions. As NACE spokesperson Andrea Koncz told the US News and World Report, companies “do have jobs available” . . . they just don’t have money for recruiting. Translation: College grads are going to have to go to the employer, because the employers aren’t coming to them.

To find these jobs, encourage jobseekers to take the time to do a little research. Suggest that they use the Job & Career Accelerator’s “Find Jobs & More” feature, make a list of companies they’d like to work for and visit the company websites directly—many companies will list positions on their own websites that aren’t posted anywhere else on the web. Once a job seeker has applied for a job, have them check out these do’s and don’ts for following through. Of course, regardless of where the job search takes a new grad, it never hurts to mention on a resume that her or she speaks fluent Mandarin.