Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Tag: Social Media and Job Search

Step 6: Nail the Interview

Through hard work and dedication and have landed the interview for a dream gig.  Now, it’s time to put your researching hat on to become prepared and feel more confident about the company you are interviewing with. LinkedIn, once again can be a great tool!

There are four questions you should be prepared to answer, or at least have knowledge of when at an interview:

1. What is company’s mission/product?

2. Who is the competition?

3. What does the corporate culture look like?

4. Company changes/forecast.

This video will give you tips and tricks for handling these questions, plus:

  • Quickly learn the basics about any company—and their competition
  • Find out and prepare for unique job requirements for each position
  • Follow your target companies using the Company Buzz app
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If you find yourself stick stuck after going through these video tutorials, the Career Center is happy to help you!  Give us a call 509-313-4234 or careercenter@gonzaga.edu.  We are happy to coach to you towards effective LinkedIn strategies.

Step Five: Activate Your Network

You’ve developed your personal brand.  You have begun to expand your professional network.  Now it’s time to place your LinkedIn skills to work, and start searching for the opportunities that fit you!

More than 70% of jobs are found through networking. LinkedIn can help you:

  • Find jobs through postings on LinkedIn and tap your network to get a leg up
  • Reach out to your existing network to find unlisted opportunities
  • Find your way “in” by using company pages, groups, and search

This LinkedIn video will give you come helpful tips and tricks for navigating the job search while maintaining your personal brand and ultimate career goals.

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Step Four: Grow Your Network

Now, it’s time to take your professional brand to the street, (so to speak) and start growing your network.  Many students are lost when trying to conceptualize the formation of a professional network.    In all honesty, it’s pretty simple.  Think of an onion with an immediate core of friends and family.   (Yes, you can connect to your parents on LinkedIn!)  After that, start connecting to recent alumni of Gonzaga.

  • Join LinkedIn groups for your alumni and the industry you’d like to work in.  Here are some “Zag Only” groups I’d recommend: Gonzaga Alumni Association, Gonzaga Career Center, Gonzaga University.
  • Request introductions from your connections to grow your network, gain advice, and open doors to new opportunities.
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Step Three: Who do You Want to Be?

Ah, the aged old dilemma: What do you want to be when you grow up?   You find yourself searching on job boards all around the internet with little to no luck.  Sometimes, adding a bit of focus will amp up your search by narrowing down types of industry or field you want to work in.

Through groups and professional networking, LinkedIn can give solid guidances for “next steps” in your career.

  • Search LinkedIn to learn about career paths, industries, and geographic locations
  • Engage with industry groups to keep up on hot topics and trends
  • Visit company pages and follow companies to see who’s coming and going
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