The New Job Search
Steve Fisher '13 was doing all the right things.
He graduated magna cum laude, with a double major in management and marketing, and a minor in graphic design. He played baseball all four years and placed second all-time for hits. He interned with the marketing office and networked with his connections for job opportunities. He scoured Monster, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn on a daily basis.
And yet, he had only landed a few interviews that went nowhere. Serendipitously, Steve's opportunity came while browsing his Facebook news feed one night. A friend made a post about her employer looking for new hires with a marketing background.
"After 30 minutes of research on the company, I messaged her and gave her my elevator pitch of who I was and what I was looking for. She quickly got back and the conversation took off. My interest slowly grew as I read more about the company," Steve said.
Steve sent her his cover letter and résumé and she passed it on to her manager. Two interviews later Steve was the new sourcer at Seven Step RPO.
"As a sourcing specialist, I do all the behind-the-scenes work. It's kind of like an assembly line: the recruiters get a job, send it to sourcing, sourcers find people, recruiters phone interview them, and the coordinators set them up with in-person interviews at the company," Steve said.
Fittingly, one of Steve's main methods of finding candidates is social media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
"Facebook and Twitter had always seemed like a way to meet people and interact with friends, but now that I'm working with social media instead of using it on a leisurely level it has taken on a whole new form," Steve said.
In fact, Steve believes social media is a better tool for professional networking than most recent graduates realize. However, it is up to the job seeker to use social media in a way that will help rather than hurt their online reputation.
"Many college students don't understand the importance of networking and how to correctly network," Steve said. "Social media can be used for good or bad."
Even though he has to wake up at 5 a.m. and often doesn't get home until well after 7 p.m., Steve loves his new job and learns something new everyday.