Doostang Success – Offer within a Week

David

Radford University ’10
Associate – Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank Capital Group

“I spent a year networking, cold calling, begging and pleading, with absolutely no luck in finding a position that really enticed me. I was down on my luck and out of options until a friend pointed me to Doostang. I filtered the job listings on the site and applied to one that really peaked my interest.

Within five minutes I had an email response, within two days I was on the phone, and within a week I was flying out to San Francisco to meet the firm and receive an offer.

All I know is Doostang saved my sanity and my wallet, I just wish I had joined earlier and avoided the headaches!”


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Here’s a small sample of the great jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Equity Research Associate, Specialty Retail – Renowned Financial Company, New York, NY

Senior Consultant – Preeminent Consulting Company, Boston, MA

Investment Banking Analyst – Top-Notch Financial Firm, Los Angeles, CA

Valuation Associate – Intellectual Capital Merchant Bank, Chicago, IL

Quantitative Analyst Intern – Leading Boutique Financial Services Firm, New York, NY

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Simply picking up and leaving is romantic when you’re young, but as you come into your own and have bills to pay and mouths to feed, it’s a lot more difficult to work out the logistics of a move. At Doostang, we advise you to always look before you leap! However, we also recognize that sometimes circumstances may dictate that you have to leave on short notice, and without a job lined up.  If you thought finding a job in your own hometown was difficult, finding employment in a new one is even tougher.  You won’t know as many people and you will have a myriad of other things to juggle with the move.  Here’s some advice on how to lessen the burden of finding a job in a new town:

Do Your Research

Before you pack up and leave, try to do as much research as you can about the city where you are moving.  Figure out what the hot industries are, which companies call the shots, and whom you might be able to contact to help get you in the door.  The more you get to know your new city, the less likely you are to feel like a deer in headlights once you get there.  Try to gain your bearings prematurely, and you’ll be primed to hit the ground running.

Grow Your Network

Yes, networking is tricky enough from the comfort of your hometown, but it’s important to reach out a little bit before your big move. Try to leverage the network you have to help you meet people in your new city.  Make it a goal to get in touch with a short list of new people, so that when you get to your destination you can immediately start to grow your social network. The more people you know, the more opportunities you will have access to, and the more individuals you will have on your side looking out for your best interests.

Reach Out to College Career Centers

Oftentimes, college career centers will be happy to help recent graduates who have moved to a new city.  Check to see which ones are around you, and stop by for an informational meeting.  Your own college may also have a reciprocity program with another school in your new area, so look into that as well.

Consider Temporary Work

If nothing seems to pan out, don’t be afraid to take on temporary work.  This is another great way to establish connections and get your foot in the door with your new city’s job industry.  Don’t take just any old job out of desperation, but find something for the interim that keeps you busy, gives you face time with people, and perhaps teaches you a few new skills.

Have a Solid Plan

You should put together a plan for your new life in the new city, including your living expenses and how far your money will take you while you don’t have a job.  It’s also important to bear in mind an exit strategy if worse comes to worst.

Making a big move is exciting and presents a multitude of opportunities.  It can be stressful as well, but do your best to plan ahead and do the leg work before – as well as after – you get to your destination, and you will certainly lighten your load.

Bon voyage,

The Doostang Team

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Many of us graduated college with a degree that we were passionate about, only to discover that our area of study was difficult to apply to the job market.  Perhaps you majored in Philosophy or Creative Writing, leaving you to feel a bit hopeless when applying to jobs in the Finance or Technology sector.  But there are always exceptions to the rule, as well as steps you can take to turn yourself into a great candidate.  Read ahead:

Gain Experience

Sure, it’s great to come in armed with the proper knowledge right out of college, but as many will tell you, real world experience is actually more valuable than book smarts.  If you’re gunning for a job that’s out of the realm of your college degree, find ways to gain experience in that field.  This may mean taking a lower level position or an internship (which you may be able to parlay into a career), or even volunteering.

Research

Some individuals lament over their lack of familiarity with a particular subject matter, and consequently rule out jobs before they even consider applying.  But there is nothing to stop you from learning the ins and outs of a particular field on your own – familiarize yourself with the industry, keep up with relevant literature and current events, and teach yourself some pertinent skills.  This kind of self-education will make you more qualified and display great initiative on your part.

Transferable Skills

Don’t dismiss the importance of transferable skills in helping you land your dream job.  There are many skills that transfer nicely from industry to industry, and you should identify yours and make sure to highlight them on your resume. Companies love diversity, and candidates that garnered desirable skills in new and different ways are often far more attractive than the cookie-cutter applicants that companies receive day in and day out.

Network

You’ve heard that it’s much easier to get a job if you know someone on the inside.  One of the reasons this is so important is because this person can vouch for you and cover questions that may arise in regards to your knowledge or experience.  Though you may not have the right educational background for a job, there are probably reasons why you can do the job as well as (or even better than) other qualified candidates – reasons that, unfortunately, may never come up on your resume or cover letter.  If you know someone in the right industry who is aware of this fact, they can advocate on your behalf and inform the company about your talents and qualifications.

Not everyone has the foresight at 18 to know exactly what they want to do with their life and to properly pick a major that will catapult their career.  And some of us stuck more to what captivated our attention than to what seemed practical.  But if you play it right, your unorthodox degree can become a great asset for you in the job search.

Until next time,

The Doostang Team

Doostang News November 29: Lessons Black Friday Can Teach You About Your Job Search

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Ah, Black Friday.  A time for holiday shopping’s savviest to roll out in the masses and line outside our local shopping malls and electronic stores well before preceding Thanksgiving dinners have come to an official close.  A time of weary cashiers, bulldozing mothers, and screeching children; of out-of-this-world markdowns on plasma TV’s, 4-for-1 specials, and feuds over wool sweaters.  This, my friends, is the plight – and joy – of the early bird out to catch that proverbial holiday worm.  And what of that proverbial career worm?  Let’s take a look at a few lessons we can take away from the most insane Friday of the year and apply it to our crazy quest for a new job!

Get There Early

Every smart shopper knows that the best deals go to those at the front of the line.  And every savvy job seeker knows that it’s in your best interest to stay on top of deadlines and to get your resume in early.  It’s easy to scour job boards and then put off applying to jobs you find for a few days; but remember that great opportunities go fast.  If you find something worthy of applying to, apply as soon as you can, before the position goes to someone else.  It’s also in your best interest to get your resume and cover letter in front of a hiring manager before a lot of other people do, as hiring managers tend to form an idea early on of whom they want to bring on for the job.  Getting your name in the final round can be a much harder sell once a manager has found other people they like.

Do Your Homework

The best way to get the most bang out of your buck is to figure out what you want, circle the corresponding deals in the newspaper, and head straight for the prize when you enter the store.  Likewise, the most efficient way to search for a job is to know what it is that you want, locate the appropriate openings, and focus on a game plan for applying – and hopefully securing – the reward!

Don’t Push and Shove

Being an effective shopper is all about keeping your cool.  The moment you get caught up in sparring with others, you’ll trip and fall and the crowd will pass you by – and probably trample you in the process.  As in shopping, handle yourself with grace and poise in the search for a new job.  Treat all people with respect, whether they be the people you are networking with, the people who are in charge of hiring you, or the people looking for your help in finding their next opportunity – remember, there may come a time when you need to ask for a favor in return.

Get In and Get Out

If you find yourself at an empty electronics shelf or clothing bin, don’t dwell on it.  Move to the next item on your list and get the most out of your day.  Likewise, don’t get disheartened if the perfect opportunity seems to come along, and you just don’t make the cut.  More than one prospect will arise, and it’s up to you to maximize your chances of securing one by sticking to a game plan and moving on when something doesn’t work out.

Whether you love or dread Black Friday, the important thing is that you have a good time and do what works best for you.  Everyone has a different shopping style, just as everyone has a different approach to searching for a job.  So whether you like to get in there early or come in at the eleventh hour, devise a strategy that allows you to get exactly what it is you want, before the good stuff sells out.

Happy holidays,

The Doostang Team

Doostang Success — A Job at a Fun, Young Company with Room for Growth

Claire
Pomona College, 2010
Accounts Payable Clerk – HauteLook

“I graduated from Pomona College in May 2010 and was completely overwhelmed by the career search. Other career sites were impossible to navigate, and my school system didn’t have what I was looking for. I was a very picky job searcher – I even turned down a few offers. I received an email from Doostang and immediately signed up, as I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the jobs.

I received over 5 interview requests, and now have a job at a fun, young company with a lot of room for growth!”



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Here’s a small sample of the exceptional jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Investment Banker – Startup Online Investment Banking Platform, New York, NY

Analyst – Leading Non-Profit Focused Consulting Firm, Boston, MA

Acquisitions Associate – Premier Investment Manager, San Francisco, CA

Marketing Associate – Top-Tier Internet Marketing & Strategy Firm, New York, NY

Financial Sr. Manager – Nationally Recognized Valuation Firm, Chicago, IL

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

Doostang Success — More than 5 Interview Invitations

Avery
Trinity College, 2007
Compliance Analyst – ACA Compliance Group

“Purchasing a Doostang Premium membership was worth every penny and it was by far the best job search database that I used!

I applied to several positions that I learned about exclusively through Doostang and I received more than 5 interview invitations and an eventual job offer.

Doostang is a really great career resource that I would highly recommend to anyone searching for a new job. Doostang is different from Monster and CareerBuilder because it advertises a variety of positions across a variety of different fields with good companies. I am extremely happy that I joined Doostang and I am very excited to start my new job!”


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Here’s a small sample of the exceptional jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Generalist Associate – Investment and Technology Development Firm, New York, NY

Analyst – Boutique Management Consulting Firm, Boston, MA

Investment Banking Analyst – Independent Investment Firm,  Atlanta, GA

Senior Manager – High-Tech Provider of Clean Energy, San Francisco, CA

Analyst – Bi-Coastal Financial Advisory Firm, Newport Beach, CA

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Land a New Job

land-a-jobWith this year coming to an end, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. And if you’re looking for a new job in the new year, here at Doostang we composed a list of job search resolutions all job seekers should take to heart.

1. I Will Apply to More Jobs

This is logical – the more job applications you submit, the greater the chances that someone will actually review your resume, invite you for an interview, and offer you the spot. Creating simple rules for yourself, such as “I will apply to at least 3 jobs a day” or “I will average 15 job applications a week” is the first step, so start spending more time on Doostang.

2. I Will Focus on the Jobs that Matter

Don’t just amp up the quantity of job applications, do it strategically. Don’t apply for positions you’re blatantly underqualified for, and – this goes without saying – don’t apply for positions you’re not interested in, just to fill your daily quota. The less time you waste applying to jobs that are out of your league, the more time you will have to focus on the opportunities that really matter.

3. I Will Perfect My Resume

You may think you’ve perfected your resume already, but is it really at its full potential? Doubtful. Remember that your review is bound to be biased and try to look at your resume from the perspective of someone who’s never met you. Can a stranger get a good reading of what you can bring to the table? Can they tell what you actually did at your last job? Are all the jobs and responsibilities you have listed relevant?

4. I Will Have Someone Else Review My Resume

A fresh, outside perspective can shed light on things you may have missed in your review, so ask a friend to go over your resume with you. Or better yet, get a professional resume critique and you can be sure nothing gets overlooked.

5. I Will Personalize Every Application

Make sure you personalize your materials to the job you’re applying for. No need to make massive changes to your resume every time, but it is important that the experiences and skills you’re listing are highly relevant. Make a separate list of all of your accomplishments and responsibilities. For every job you’re applying for, go down the list and pick the most relevant ones – those are what needs to go on your resume, the rest you can leave out.

6. I Will Write a Cover Letter for Every Job

Always include a cover letter with every resume you send out. It will give you a better chance to elaborate on your experiences and skills as they relate to the position you’re applying for. And as with resumes, make sure each cover letter is targetted to the job you’re applying for.

7. I Will Come Prepared to Every Interview

Do the research before every interview and get as much detail about the company and the position you’re applying for as possible. Try to figure out ahead of time what kind of person the employer wants to hire for the spot, then show the interviewer that you possess the desired skills.

8. I Will Have Better Answers for the Interviewer

Odds are your interviewer will ask you to elaborate on your employment history. Prepare this summary ahead of time and make sure it supports and enhances everything you’ve listed on your resume. When answering questions, give concrete examples that prove your point. Take some time to think of stories that illustrate some of your strengths: an example of you skillfully handling conflict, a story that shows that you’re a dedicated worker, and so on. Write these down and study them before your interviews, so that when you are, in fact, asked if you’re a team player, you can not only answer affirmatively but have a supporting story ready as well.

9. I Will Prepare Questions for the Interviewer

Don’t forget to have a list of insightful questions ready for your interviewer. Ask things that show that you’ve done your research and are eager to know more. Perhaps the most important question to ask is what problem the employer is trying to solve by hiring someone for this spot. Once you find out what the challenges are, show the interviewer how you’re the right person for the task. And remember, this is also your chance to get more details about the position and see if it’s a good fit for you.

10. I Will Always Write a Thank You Note

This is a vital but sadly, often overlooked step in the application process. A Thank You note is your final chance to make your mark on the interviewer, so don’t take this step lightly. Try to send it within 24 hours of your interview and reference some of the things you’ve discussed during the interview so that the interviewer can easily recall who you are. And of course, use the Thank You note to remind the interviewer why you’re right for the job and what you can bring to the company.


And there you have it job seekers, if you take these 10 Doostang resolutions seriously and make them your own, job search in the new year should be a breeze. Good luck!

Wishing you much career success in the new year,
The Doostang Team!