Job Search Tools for Communications Grads

graduationFor many students, school’s out for summer (or it’s about to be), but not for new grads.

Remember the good ole’ days when you ran out of your last class of the year with a little side kick-step? The joys of a three-month summer siesta were before you, and all you had to worry about was what SPF sunscreen to use. Those days are no more for the upcoming college graduates. The real world has finally caught up to them, and unless they’re heading off to grad school, it’s time for many to start their 9 to 5’s.

This time of year can be an extremely difficult time for grads who are currently job hunting. Here are some of the best job searching tools I’ve found with a focus on the communication field:

  1. PRSA Jobcenter: The PRSA Public Relations and Communications Jobcenter is the most targeted community of public relations and communications jobs. The Jobcenter contains more than 1,000 communication, public relations and other career-related opportunities, as well as services such as finding a job mentor. The best thing the site offers? You can do a custom search for specific job titles, locations and even entry-level positions for those without previous experience.
  2. Hoojobs is a job board for public relations and communications professionals. This site was designed to help PR and communications industry professionals quickly find positions that suit them and give employers a simple site to post their open positions and connect with their next hire. This site also allows you to sign up for email alerts so when your dream position opens up, you can act on it quickly.
  3. Twitter is a great resource for finding a job no matter what industry you’re in. A simple and easy thing to do is search by your industry. For example, type in #prjobs, and a list of available positions are automatically in a nice, neat list for you. Twitter is also an amazing networking resource that allows to you immediately connect with potential employers and express your interest in speaking more about job opportunities. Employers will also often keep followers up to date with the latest employment opportunities, so be sure to follow any companies you have interest in, and check your feed regularly.
  4. LinkedIn is known for being the world’s largest professional network, with over 100 million members in over 200 countries. As of January 2011, LinkedIn counts executives from all 2010 Fortune 500 companies as members; its hiring solutions were used by 73 of the Fortune 100 companies as of March 22, 2011. This is not only a great networking tool, but also a wonderful job search resource. You can constantly update your profile, upload your resume, portfolio, special skills, etc. so prospective employers can see what qualifications you have. What’s the best boost to your profile? You can ask friends and colleagues to write you recommendations that will add an extra “spark” to your already great profile. Many people I know have been “head-hunted” via LinkedIn, so even if you’re not actively pursuing a specific job, employers are out there looking for you and can come to you with a job offer.

Other tools you can use include: local classified ads, Craigslist, your college or university’s career center, career fairs, jobs sites like Careerbuilder.com, and even friends and family—who knows what connections they may have!

So if you’re a new or soon to be graduate, congratulations! No matter where you are in your job search, you’ve already taken the right step in actively pursuing a career. I wish you the best of luck in whatever path you take. As for me, I’ll be hanging with the cool kids here at Pyxl, and I’m eager to see where the future takes me.

 

So for new grads, where are you in your job search? And for those already in the job market, what advice do you have for the new grads?

[Image by Bjm2013. Used under Creative Commons.]