Job Search in the U.S.

Holy cow!

Article  posted November 18 on “The Prox” a blog of The Daily Princetonian:

This Friday, the Davis International Center & Career Services hosted a one hour talk entitled “Job Search in the U.S. & Business Etiquette.” In attendance were 15 international students, although the event proved to be useful to all undergraduates. Speakers emphasized the importance of starting the career-search process as soon as possible. According to the statistics presented, only 25-30% of positions available in the American job market are advertised in public media, and a website such as Monster.com will only have a 7% success rate. This huge void is compensated by jobs obtained through personal connections, and can account up to 70% of all job placements. Hence, networking –the process through which students establish contacts with friends, alumni and teachers who might help in future employment opportunities –is of paramount importance to the job search. Personal contacts are essential in guaranteeing both job positions and graduate school admissions, as well as in helping underclassmen identify their fields of interest.

Why are job candidates so insistent on sitting in front of the computer? Get out, get on the phone, call in markers, build new relationships and connections … For the cost of lunch, you can gain insight into the needs of your targeted employers; for a couple of beers, you can gain entree to the office of the decision makers. Research is good, of course, but personal connections will be key to success.

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