How to Apply to Jobs (Very First Steps)

Don’t know what you’re doing??

Applying for jobs doesn’t have to be scary!

No worries =]

So you’ve updated your resume with all your recent positions, you’ve done some research and now know how to write a stellar cover letter… So where are you going to find jobs to apply for?

Well, that depends on the kind of job you’re looking for! Craigslist is great for entry-level type tech positions, administrative jobs like receptionist… and really a large variety of other jobs! Dice is also great for all kinds of tech jobs, and LinkedIn has a wide variety of both entry-level and more advanced positions.

I recommend you do a little looking around to see where you find the most positions you find appealing.

Now what? First, you make sure you’re not wasting your time by making sure you have the required skills asked for in the ad. If you don’t have at least 75% of them, you’re most likely wasting your time (and the HR representative’s!)

Now that you know what the hiring manager wants, make sure you make it as clear as possible to them that you have those qualifications by tweeking your resume to show off key words. Not sure how to do that? Read this article. 

Then write a targeted cover letter (yes, write a different one for each position!) detailing your most persuasive experience to entice your reader to take the time to interview you. Look here for tips on how to write a great cover letter.

Now what? Wait a week or so and follow up if you don’t hear back (unless the ad specifies otherwise.)

Be courteous to whoever you’re dealing with. * Honestly, we do what we’re told. If you don’t have the skills our hiring manager wants to see then we will be wasting both your time and theirs by scheduling you for an interview even though they will not want to speak with you, so please don’t be upset with us. In a lot of cases we are simply the message-bearer.

As always, feel free to post questions and comments =]

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Mash-Up 5 Startup Sneak Peek

I’m bummed I’m not attending Mash-Up #5 tonight, but I’m sick and need to rest and that’s that =/ It doesn’t mean I can’t be there in spirit though so, without further adieu… let me introduce you to the startups I thought had a little “je ne sais quoi”

The Ladies’ Choice: Cinélov’

They unfortunately don’t have a website, but boy did these ladies stumble upon a good idea! They organize outdoor movie screenings (nothing too innovative yet) where (wait for it!) viewers must pedal on bikes in order to power the projector. Neat!! I get to watch a movie AND burn off that ice cream? Sign me up ^^

For the Poor College Student: Voodiz

Don’t have the money to travel? No problem! Simply go on Voodiz, find a fellow student to host to make yourself a few $$, and then go get hosted yourself! And to get started on your adventure, like them on Facebook.










Socialite’s Dream: Wakizz

Dream in tweets and Facebook likes, posts and shares? Flustered by the modicum of modes of expression on Facebook? Fear no more, Wakizz is here. You can now play referee and give your “friends” cards: red, yellow or green. Like we really needed another way of expressing ourselves ><‘ ::facepalm::





For the Beer-Hungry (Thirsty?): Gallia

Did you know that, up until recently, Paris was one of the few European capitals not to have its own beer? Such was the sad, sad case when Gallia disappeared in the 60’s. Frenchmen everywhere can square their shoulders and hold their heads high once more though, thanks to these gentlemen.

For the Artist in All of Us: Sound Connection

Music is all about sound and performance, so  how are you supposed to find band mates without both of those elements? Sound Connection goes straight to the heart of the issue: once their site is completed, they will have a sort of visual, auditory Craigslist for the French music community. Neato.