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I Can't Find a Job

Amber345Amber345 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hello,

I just graduated from Cornell University this past May. I majored in Biology & Society, and I can use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I have been actively looking for a job since February. My mode of finding jobs has been: Linkedin, Indeed, Glassdoor, Cuelinks/alumni network, unpaid internships (I am a marketing, web development, and content management intern), Craiglist, USA Jobs, various company websites, cold emailing, etc. If anyone knows of any additional advice that I haven't tried that would be great. Thanks!
edited August 2018
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  • suzy100suzy100 5676 replies58 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,734 Senior Member
    Did you work with the career center at Cornell?
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  • Amber345Amber345 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Yes, I went in every week during my last semester.
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  • HPuck35HPuck35 1960 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,975 Senior Member
    What kind of job are you seeking? What was your GPA?

    It can take a while to find that first job as it seems that employers are always looking for someone else to give a young person those first few years of experience. They want to hire someone with 5 years experience. But you are looking in the right places.

    It does seem that it is taking too long, so my two questions. Is it a crowded job field you are trying to enter? And biology very well is. And for many companies, GPA cutoffs are real.
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  • HMom16HMom16 671 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 686 Member
    Do you know what type of job you want or what type of company you want to work for? If so, use your alumni network to identify people who work in either the job or company that you're interested in. Email or use LinkedIn to set up an informational interview or phone call. Once there, try to learn more about their career and ask for their advice on job hunting. Have them look at your resume and typical cover letter. Be open to constructive criticism. Also, ask if they would consider helping you with a mock interview for that job.

    Also, try to be analytical as you look at your applications and results. Are you targeting appropriate jobs? Is your resume tailored for those jobs? Are you writing a strong cover letter? You may need different resumes for different jobs.

    Good luck!
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  • donutoperatordonutoperator 16 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    Widen your search geographically.
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1704 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,714 Senior Member
    A few thoughts... Have you had someone review your resume to make sure you're highlighting the stuff employers are looking for? With all those different approaches you may be spending too little time on each application? You don't want to approach Job searches like college applications but you also don't want to be sending your resume in 20 different directions, it gets really discouraging and it's impossible to tailor your resume to multiple different kinds of jobs. Have you focused your resume and your job search on your most marketable skills? I helped a co-worker recently who is having trouble finding new work and the problem was she had two types of skills that she had included on the same resume rather than having two different resumes for her 2 potential areas of work. From your quick description of your background I'm guessing you may have the same issue. Your degree is in biology and society but your skill set is in online development and your internship is in marketing? Maybe if you explain how those interact we can give you good advice on how to present a more cohesive and marketable front to potential employers.
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  • tpike12tpike12 479 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 488 Member
    Ask friends, family and acquaintances if the company they work for is hiring or if they know anyone that is hiring. You may not find the perfect job right away, but it is always good to have money coming in while you continue searching.
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  • Amber345Amber345 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Yes, I have had many people review my resume. I have different resumes for different fields.
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  • Amber345Amber345 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I have been reaching out to alumni through CUelinks and Linkedin. I have not been successful at getting a job offer. Some of them have become my mentors, but I would really like a full-time job.
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  • iska123iska123 85 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    are you willing to relocate to Southern California? My D is finishing a paid internship at a start-up , and they are hiring a lot -- interesting that she mentioned to me there are some of the new hires have ivy league degrees but with majors such as English or premed . if you are interested, I will pm u the name of the company.
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  • DragonsTwenty18DragonsTwenty18 1 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Vocate is a pretty solid platform; it worked for me. Let me know how it goes if you choose to use it!

    Link: https://www.vocate.me/?tap_a=23174-abc9b9&tap_s=283917-6ab2ce
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  • tpike12tpike12 479 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 488 Member
    Digital networking is fine, but the most effective networking is face to face and the number one way to land a job is through a connection. Widen your net.
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  • Amber345Amber345 4 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thank you, I would definitely be interested. @iska123
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  • iska123iska123 85 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @Amber345 sent u a pm
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  • InesMalcolmInesMalcolm 1 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited April 10
    Did you try rewriting your resume? You need to include details of your experience, education and relevant skills. This service https://resumarea.com/cv-writing/ did it for me. It should be clear and easy to read.
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