I joined the marketing team here at StumbleUpon a few months ago, so I’m no stranger to the challenges of searching for a new position in today’s job market. And let’s face it…job hunting is not always fun. Between poring through job boards, revising cover letters and prepping for interviews, it can get pretty stressful. If only there were a way to make it more interesting, right? Well, enter StumbleUpon, which can be a great resource for all you job seekers out there.
Whether you’ve just finished your senior year of college or you’ve just realized that you’re not satisfied with your current career, taking the plunge into job hunting is a challenge in itself.
Start with Career-Related Interests
To jumpstart the process with some general tips and advice, try Stumbling the Career Planning Interest. I checked it out and within minutes I found dozens of great resources that I wish I’d had a few months ago, such as the following:
Whenever you find a particularly helpful resource, be sure to Like it! Giving a page the thumbs up saves it to your Profile so you can go back to it later. Think of your StumbleUpon Profile as one central place to save all the best job hunting tips and tricks, which you can easily reference at every stage of the process.
Stumble Your Favorite Industries
Once you’ve got some general job hunting knowledge under your belt, the next challenge is figuring out which jobs to apply to. Perhaps you know what industry you’re interested in, but you’re not sure what types of jobs are out there. One of my favorite things about StumbleUpon is how it always surprises me with amazing stuff when I don’t know what I’m looking for, and for a job seeker, Stumbling is a perfect way to get some ideas for possible career paths. Is your Nikon D-SLR practically attached to your hand? Stumble the Photography Interest, and next thing you know you’ll be sending your resume out everywhere from fine arts museums to forensics labs.
Find and Keep Tabs on Interesting Companies
Of course, finding your dream employer is another piece of the puzzle. Try Stumbling in News Mode to see recent articles related to your Interests. You’re sure to learn about lots of new companies that you might not have heard of, but which are working on innovative and exciting things in the areas that interest you. Once you find a potential employer, try typing their name into the Explore Box, where you can type in any word or phrase to find all sorts of related content from the furthest reaches of the Web. I tried typing in “Microsoft” and found a bunch of great articles about Microsoft’s new products and company culture, as well as recent posts from the Official Microsoft Blog.
As the saying goes, it’s not always what you know, but who you know, and networking is definitely an important part of the job hunting process. If you open an Interest page on StumbleUpon – let’s use Marketing as an example – you can see some top Stumblers who also follow that Interest. Take a look at their Profiles and check out the similarity panel, where you can see your common Interests and Likes. If you find a Stumbler who shares your Interests and seems to discover a lot of good content related to your desired industry, add them as a connection to start sharing ideas – and who knows, maybe even job opportunities!
Prep for the Interview
Okay, so you’ve landed an interview for your dream role at the perfect company. Congrats! You’re halfway there. The interview stage is when you’ll want to start really doing your homework. If you’re applying for a position in a new field where you don’t have a lot of experience, no need to panic! There’s a great variety of professional Interests on StumbleUpon, from Accounting to Management/HR to IT, and Stumbling is a great way to quickly get yourself up to speed on the basics of those fields.
Particularly if you’re looking for a job in a technical field, there are also a lot of skill-based Interests on StumbleUpon, such as Java, Linux/Unix, MacOS and many more. I checked out the Photoshop Interest and found tons of amazing tutorials that would even make a novice like me look like a Photoshop wizard in no time. If there’s no Interest for the skill you need to brush up on, give the Explore Box another try.
Finally, don’t forget to keep Stumbling in News Mode, as displaying your knowledge of current events in the industry is a surefire way to impress your interviewer.
Apply to StumbleUpon!
Hopefully those tips help you find your dream job, or at the very least, add some fun and excitement to the job hunting process. And of course, if you’re interested in working for StumbleUpon, check out our Jobs page. We’re always looking for talented people to join the team!