Job Search Secrets that No College Will Tell You by Todd Rutherford

A college education is extremely important and is critical in landing a great job and establishing a rewarding career. The networking and connections formed while in college are invaluable, as they can lead to job sources and recommendations. While colleges and universities can be valuable in the job market, there are numerous secrets that no college will reveal to you. How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days or Less, by career coach Joe Carroll, unearths these secrets and shares a bit of common sense with those looking for work, currently working, or are close to breaking into the workforce for the first time.

Carroll quotes Robert Green Ingersoll, “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.” Carroll uses this quote, not to discredit the importance of an education, but because this quote demonstrates that much of the job search involves common sense and good judgment. For instance, in an age where the Internet is used for everything, including job searches, it’s easy for applicants to forget that they can also build a rapport with the prospective employer simply by dialing a phone number.

Undoubtedly, many prefer to seek employment in ways that require limited contact with potential employers, but as Carroll states, “Using the phone can be a powerful way of uncovering unpublished jobs. In fact, it is so important that I have devoted an entire chapter to this technique. You absolutely need to get over the fear of using the phone.”

College graduates and young career aged persons are often so intent on finding jobs that they forget to give due diligence to accruing names, references, and connections that can be valuable to their careers later on. While finding a job is a major goal, it is also important for individuals to establish relationships with prospective employers.

As far as recruiters go, Carroll urges individuals not to spend too much time and effort on recruiters, emphasizing that, “If you send them your resume, it will be stored electronically and may never surface again on their radar screen. In fact, you will be lucky if they even bother to send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your resume. Don’t take it personally. They don’t have the time, motivation, or resources to respond to unsolicited resumes.”

Ultimately, How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days or Less helps individuals zone in on exactly what they are looking for, and teaches them to repeat the search model process until they are successful. One well-known quote that resonates throughout the book is, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” as it is predicated on networking, and functional, trust-building relationships.

Finding a great job is a process that requires patience and diligence. The bottom line is that it is important to establish connections while in college, and use those connections to gain experience in the real world en route to finding that perfect job that will utilize your passion and talents. Joe Carroll’s How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days or Less is the ideal tool for anyone in today’s highly competitive job market; it’s a must read that provides invaluable information for the both the job seeker and the career planner.

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