How to Get a Job: What the Experts Say

two local experts weigh in on finding that elusive employer

Heather Mawhiney

“Less than 20 percent of people get jobs from the web. The best way to get a job is to network: make connections, go to events, call companies. Your network is your best job resource.” - Jessica Witte, UWEC Career Services

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting discouraged and giving up. A lot of people think there are no jobs, but that’s definitely not true. You just need to know where to look. A good idea is to skip mass job search sites and contact companies yourself – anything to set yourself apart from the masses.” - Scott Hodek, Eau Claire Job Center

“When writing a résumé, don’t use a template. Know what the company is looking for and change your résumé to fit it. There is no standard, so personalize it." - Jessica Witte, UWEC Career Services

“Don’t limit yourself. Look for nontraditional ways
to use your degree.” - Scott Hodek, Eau Claire Job Center

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is making career choices out of desperation. Don’t lower your standards. Try something new. Look long term.” - Jessica Witte, UWEC Career Services

“One of the best things you can do is intern. Internships offer you experience that you just can’t get anywhere else. They may not pay at first, but they definitely pay off in the long run.” - Scott Hodek, Eau Claire Job Center

THE BIG FIVE TIPS

1. Make eye contact

2. Dress appropriately and use good grooming

3. Research the company or facility

4. Show your personality

5. Show your drive and ambition

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