Beyond Kelley Connect – LEVERAGE YOUR CONTACTS

ANYWHERE FROM 60-90% OF JOBS ARE FOUND INFORMALLY
VIA FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND DIRECT CONTACTS.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET CLOSER TO SECURING AN OFFER?


TALK TO PEOPLE:  The majority of your “search time” — 80-90% — should be spent contacting people by sending outreach emails, and making calls to set up and conduct informational interviews. People in the field will know about opportunities. If they don’t when you talk to them, they will eventually. Expanding your base of contacts increases your chances of “being in the right place at the right time”.

  • Join a professional association for people in your field of interest. Many of them provide discounted student memberships and host career-related events. An example is the American Advertising Federation.
  • If you are doing a geographic search, look up the Chamber of Commerce for that area. A city’s Chamber of Commerce lists local business members (read: potential employers) and organizes various networking events (read: the door to potential opportunities). An example is Denver’s Chamber of Commerce.

THINK ABOUT WHAT IS IN YOUR BACKYARD AND GET STEPPING STONE EXPERIENCESThese are experiences you can build on and help you get to where you want to be. This might be a part-time job during the school year or summer, or a volunteer or unpaid experience. For example:

  • If you want to work in the sports industry and have no prior industry experience, chances are slim to none that you will start off in the big leagues like the NBA. Be prepared to put in your time and work your way up. The NBA might be your dream, but your first experience in sports might be in the IU Athletics ticket office.
  • If you are interested in the music industry, you might join the Union Board to coordinate and plan concerts and live music events.

LOOK AT JOB POSTING RESOURCES AND LINKS AND COMPANY WEBSITES FOR LISTED OPPORTUNITIES: Yes, look at these and apply. Remember though, most opportunities are secured through word of mouth where a personal connection may not only have told you about an available job, but opened the door for an interview because she personally passed your resume along to the hiring manager. Once you find an opportunity posted, is there someone you’ve met or do you know someone who knows someone willing to make a referral that can help get your foot in the door?

TAILOR YOUR RESUME TO YOUR AUDIENCE: Make adjustments to your resume. If you are doing a search beyond Kelley Connect and targeting a certain industry or geographic location, be aware that many recipients of your resume will not be Kelley alums who are familiar with the caliber of the school or the classes you’ve taken. Take a look at our off-campus search resume sample to see what kind of information you might include.

By Lisa Bell
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