The following tips were offered by Patrick Brown, a 2008 alum (Classics Major) who also served in the military after graduation. Pat has networked, researched, and worked his way into a finance role – and he offers these tips that worked for him.
1. Avoid the computer. Searching for jobs online makes you feel like you’re making progress, but at its core, this approach is passive. As computers have made job searching impersonal, strong professional relationships have become even more important. Talk to friends or family face-to-face. Meet new people through church or volunteering.
Go to ND alumni club events. I would even caution against focusing on LinkedIn or the ND alumni job board; both are helpful tools but not solutions.
2. A resume not hand-delivered is not read.
3. Research smaller companies too. At larger companies, HR sometimes has to find candidates who fit specific profile requirements. For those with non-traditional backgrounds, such as Classics, smaller companies may be more open to waiving candidate profile requirements.
In my own experience, working for a smaller firm provided me a wide variety of experiences and significant responsibility. I could not be happier.
4. Look locally first. I spoke to a Notre Dame graduate who worked in California for a national retailer. She told me that her company would not consider candidates outside of the state. There were enough qualified candidates nearby, and the costs of recruiting nationwide were prohibitive. If you start your search locally, you are also more likely to have professional contacts in the area.
Solid advice! Thanks to Pat for sharing.