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Apps on Apps on Apps Part 2

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By: Shea Harris

Ever since I was a child I made sure to set high goals for myself. In May of 2005 I sat at my cousin’s graduation cookout amazed at how things turned out for her. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Summa Cum Laude with a job in her field. I would hear so many people around me saying how difficult it was to get a job with a degree (mind you this was 2005). I knew it would only be tougher for me when it was time for me to walk across the stage. Thankfully in May of 2014, I walked across the stage with a job in my field and had a salary to compliment it.

In my last post I gave a little insight into the apps I used to find jobs. In the next few posts, I will give a bit more insight into job searching. As we all know, it’s a job within itself to fill out applications. Not only is it repetitive to fill out job applications, but your patience is also tested during this time too. Job hunting is such a long and tedious process people get easily defeated when rejected. Sweetheart the only thing I can tell you is it gets better. You have to stay persistent and motivated any way you can when it comes to searching for a job. First things first: do you have a LinkedIn? If so, great! If not, baby what are you doing? LinkedIn is what helped me land my current job in Miami.

Make sure your LinkedIn is reflecting your résumé. Just because your résumé is bomb, that doesn’t mean you should have a crappy LinkedIn profile. Put as much information on your profile as much as you can. If you can get someone to type a testimonial about your work ethic, do that! If you have any certificates or certifications within your industry, make sure the people know! If you have volunteered or interned in your field, chaaaa let the folks know! If you don’t market your skills and accomplishments, how do you expect to get recognized?

Once I made my profile, I began following companies relating to the Clinical Research field. I followed clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies and institutions. Through these companies I was able to see immediately when positions became available. Don’t just stop at following companies though! If you come across individual’s profiles who work for a company you’re interested in, send them an invitation to connect. I’ve learned as a young professional its not what you know, its who you know.

When I was searching for a job in my field, I made sure I connected with people on LinkedIn who were Regulatory Specialist, Project Managers and even Clinical Research Associates. I know this may seem foreign to a lot of you, but I hope you get the point. If you want to be a manager at McDonalds, connect with managers in the fast food industry. Let’s say you want to be a cashier, connect with cashiers via LinkedIn. I know, I know, these are probably not jobs you’re interested in but hey they’re examples for a reason.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve connected with people who work in a position I’ve been interested in or for a company I’m interested in. You cant just stop at sending an invite though. Slide in those DM’s and make yourself known. Let your new connection know you exist. You’re not just connected to be nosey, you’re connected to be SEEN AND HEARD! All you need is that one person to believe in you and see how hard of a worker you are and that’s game! It’s so easy to make connections through Twitter and Facebook, but don’t stop there. Use the same strategies you use on social media and bring them to LinkedIn with a dash of professionalism.

Check out my LinkedIn profile to get a little inspiration. Good Luck and don’t forget I’m always available for advice!

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Apps on Apps on Apps

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By: Shea Harris

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the phrase, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Networking with people within your industry is highly important. Fortunately for me, networking is second nature to me. I’m able to connect with people easily and give them a small dose of Shea so they’ll be interested to continue connecting with me in the future.

I never thought of networking as a talent until recently. Some people are not able to use their charm or personality to communicate with people on a professional level. For those people, I want to offer you a bit of insight. Even if you’re an extrovert like me, the rest of this blog post may assist you as well.

When I started applying for jobs outside of North Carolina, I did not know how I would make connections with people or how I would land a job. Instead of having anxiety, I went ahead and used every resource I had to make sure I landed a job. The following job apps were my best friends during the application process:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Jobs

Career Builder

Monster

Indeed

ZipRecruiter

 I downloaded those applications on my cell phone and made sure I queried for jobs that fit my desired career path and those that interested me. Every now and again I would apply for positions requiring more than one year of experience, but it was rare. With a popping résumé and urge to leave North Carolina, those were the only two things fueling me to continue filling out job apps.

The best thing about these job apps was being able to favorite jobs. In my free time I would scroll through the apps, favorite positions and fill out the application at a later time. Not only are you able to favorite jobs, but even some of the apps allow you to apply for the position with “one tap”. That’s right! Forget pulling out your laptop, you can apply for jobs on the go.

Now keep in mind, getting a new job doesn’t happen over night. I began submitting applications in May 2015 and didn’t begin my new job until the end of September 2015. Yes, applying for jobs is a job within itself, but you have to remain determined. Once you find your flow and plan out your evenings, filling out applications gets easier.

During my application process, I made it my goal to complete at least three each evening. To avoid repetition of completing job applications, I made a table such as the following:

Date of Application Position Company
9/15/2015 Cashier Food Lion
9/15/2015 Cashier Kroger
9/15/2015 Cashier Publix

As I received rejection emails I simply strike through the row of the corresponding job position. Now there were days I was rejected numerous times, but I continued telling myself they were making a big mistake.

The job process takes time. If you’re like me and big on networking, use it to your advantage. If you’re more of an introvert, take advantage of the job apps listed above to get out of your current situation. Once you receive an opportunity from one company, everyone begins to contact you. Like Mike Jones said: back then they didn’t want me, now I’m hot they all on me.