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Grads: Make Searching Your Summer Job

Author: Moe Harrison /Thursday, May 29, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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I get it. You’ve spent the last several months in accounting and audit classes preparing for finals. You feel like you deserve some time off, even though you don’t have a job. But, don’t take a break! There are many other recent grads looking for positions. If you take a few months off, you will fall behind the pack and possibly miss out on the ideal opportunity. Instead, make finding the right position your job this summer. That means:

Work Each Day
Just like a regular position, job hunting requires daily effort. To help you stay on track, set specific hours for your job search. Commit to starting at the same time each day. Take a break, and then work a little more. While Xbox or going to the beach might be tempting, looking for a job needs to be your top priority. Large gaps of time on a resume are red flags and if you secure an interview and are asked what you’ve been doing since graduating you’ll want to be able to confidently state that you’ve been focused on finding the right position. Working in a short term job to simply bring in some income during this search time does not hurt either. It keeps you from depleting your savings, relying on mom and dad who expected you to be off the payroll by now and it conveys a strong work ethic.

Use the Best Tools
In order to be successful, make sure you are working with the best tools. To start, take a fresh look at your resume and ensure it is up-to-date, error free, and engaging. One new trend candidates are using to stick out from the pack is a visual resume. In a field such as finance – which is fairly traditional - a visual resume would surely make an impression. If you need a few tips on creating your own visual resume, there are several sites on the web, such as this one, which are helpful.

Also, reach out to and stay in touch with your school’s career services office. Often college career counselors hear about openings before they are public. They are also a great way to keep informed about career fairs and other opportunities.

Network On and Offline
Research indicates that networking plays a role in up to 80% of all job placements. Luckily, you already have a great network; you just might not be utilizing it. Instructors, friends, family, neighbors, alumni from your high school or college, and even former employers are all part of your network. Make it a goal to reach out to at least two people per week and discuss your interest in finding a position. Contact can be by phone or email. The important thing is to let people know you are looking for an accounting/finance position.

You already know that you need to use your online social tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to network with contacts. The key with these networking sites is to ensure your profile is updated and to check in daily. There are also other online tools that can enhance your networking. For example, InTheDoor is a great networking tool that combines data from your Facebook account with job postings on The tool then delivers a list of companies currently hiring and employ people from your network. Take some time to explore online and see if this or other online network enhancement tools might be right for you.

Also, research networking groups for the accounting/finance industry and assess whether it would be possible and appropriate to attend their meetings and events. Networking groups are a great time investment and can lead to relationships that you’ll keep for the rest of your career. Networking events are not job fairs, so attend with the mindset that you are there to meet other finance professionals.

Stay Positive
While networking and a great resume are essential tools in your job search, nothing is more important than your attitude. Anyone who has ever been out of work knows that staying positive during the process is a challenge. This can be even more difficult if other recent grads are getting hired while your search drags. Looking for a job can be stressful. During your search, try to stick to the plan you’ve outlined; it ensures that you spend a few hours each day doing something positive to help you reach your goals.

Keep in mind that finding a job is a process that takes time. Stay focused on all of the positive things you are doing to find a position and be patient.

The truth is the average professional will change jobs four to six times in their career. Therefore, learning how to find a job is skill that will serve you for years to come. Best of luck in your job search!


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Moe Harrison
Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.


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