How to get a job in the middle of a world pandemic without getting out of home

The COVID-19 pandemic has been basically our whole last year. Without any doubts it totally modified the ways in which we interact. We had to move our communication to totally digital one. The truth is that it wasn’t the same for everyone. We went through sudden changes that we could never have imagined. One between the many challenges we faced as students, for some semesters, was to search job opportunities. It is something relevant because it is one of the first approaches that we can have to practice what we have learned within the Institute.

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That’s why the past February 18, took place the ITAM’s Annual Job Fair. This edition was different because it was carried out in a totally digital way. You only need to access with a link, put your username and your password, visit the stands, and with a single click you could upload your resume, for the company to have your information. All this coordination was possible thanks to ITAM’s Carrier Office, who annually oversee looking for companies or institutions so that the ITAM students can know the areas of labor application from their knowledge. In the Job Fair participated more than 20 companies such as AstraZeneca, Banco de México, BBVA, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, Calidra, CitiBanamex, Didi, Grupo BAL, Kimberly-Clark de México, SAT, ScotiaBank, Sura México, and much more companies of different specialization areas.

In addition, at each stand within the platform you had different options such as chatting personally with their representatives to ask for more information, consult available jobs, observe the institution’s multimedia content and, in a single click, submit your CV so that they would take it into account.

Due to the globalized mega structure that we have today, the need arises to generate information that is relevant, easily accessible, and strategic to speed up admission processes in almost any part of the world. The companies or labor institutions are pioneers in these cases. Knowing these needs, Lic. Alejandra González Hernández carried out a workshop entitled “How to prepare your CV and curricular profile” that was given during the Fair with previously registered members. The workshops were divided into two sessions, one in the morning, at 10 o’ clock, and other in the afternoon at 13 o´clock. The structure of the workshop had the same objective: knowing how to organize the information so that it is accessible. Among the most notable features, we can recommend that the CV contain basic and non-exhaustive information on how to find you. It is important to put in your document the name, age, zone where you live, and how to contact you, either an e-mail or a phone number. It is not very effective to put more information because it is not of interest to investigate so much for a recruitment process.

Another common mistake is that as a student profile, many times they don’t have laboral experience to show it in the document. Nevertheless, in this case is important to summarize in the most concrete and clear way your academic information. It is not interesting to know in which kindergarten you studied but what is your last degree of studies, diplomas or extracurricular courses and the career that you are currently studying along with the advancement of it. Nevertheless, is important to mention your job aspirations and what areas are of interest to you. This is because within the information contained, it is important to highlight that training that is related to the job sought. In other words, if it is your interest a mercantile company that has international activity or various locations around the world, it is quite pertinent to show information related to the domain of languages or any related to that industry. Finally, the CV it has to be listing and not necessarily descriptive. It is recommended to design a minimalist document, with a vivid color palette, a wide typography to facilitate reading and with an accurate wording and without redundancy.

Now, What’s next? The process doesn’t end here, because the CV es just a preparatory document for a principal element. The job interview is the subsequent approach and in case the company or institution shows interest in your profile. During the Job Fair took place a workshop given by coach Carolina Villalobos entitled “How to face a job interview”. In the workshop they approached various methodologies according to the employment interviews. Is important to know how the recruitment process of each company is, because there are employers with different methodologies and work environments. A good approach is to look how is the modus operandi of the institution of your interest, their different employment benefits, the values by which they are governed, etc. And it’s not just to know that information, but to get prepared for the interview. There are a series of useful steps to have a better preparation. The first thing is to know the reason for your interview, which includes knowing what the interested company does, what is the position to which you aspire and how they expect your development in those work areas. In this way, you not only prepare yourself to be satisfied with your possible job but also to review, study or corroborate the pertinent knowledge to the area where you seek to develop yourself.

ITAM organized these workshops because it understands that the pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty in the process of recruitment of the companies, and there are a lot of students that are feeling nervous for their professional future in view of the current economic and social panorama.

For more related events it is recommended to be aware of the activities of the Carrer Office.

 

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