Paul Jarley's Blog: A Graduate’s Job Search

Paul Jarley’s Blog: A Graduate’s Job Search

I got this note via LinkedIn a week or so ago. I thought I would share it is an example of job search strategies in today’s social media world. Thanks Adler!

“Dr. Jarley,

Hope all is well in UCF! Please give Ms. Anne Marie [DeGovia, assistant to the dean] and Dr. Foard [Jones, associate dean] my best.

I thought I would share this unique story with you of how I landed my first job after graduating from UCF…

I graduated in December and had multiple offers of $30-38,000 a year: not to sound arrogant, but I am not a $30-38,000 a year candidate. I know my resume, my experience being a Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, and I know what my degree from the UCF’s College of Business is worth.

I decided to hold out, jobless for nearly three months before I landed a unique offer and you’ll never guess how I found out about it: LinkedIn.

An old class mate of mine from my Junior year ‘liked’ a job posting and her action showed up on my wall. I was scrolling through LinkedIn one night on my iPhone while at the bar with some AKPsi Brothers (naturally) and it came up ‘Seeking Director of Business Development for Intimidate Hire’. I thought to myself: ‘The position sounds cool enough, let me check it out..’

I applied for the position that night and did multiple phone interviews, Skype interview, and finally I was paid to come up and meet the owner of the company in Atlanta. After an unconventional in person interview (we sat at a local Thai restaurant and ate green curry chicken, while discussing my portfolio) he offered me the position and I moved my life to Atlanta, GA two weeks later. I wouldn’t want to divulge what my salary and bonus structure is, but is nearly double any offers I had in FL.

My position at Select Luxury Cars as Director of Business Development has been great so far, handling lost leads, marketing, social media, car shows, etc: very fast paced and I love what I do.

My boss said I was hired because:

1) I am an Eagle Scout 2) My involvement with the College of Business and Alpha Kappa Psi 3) I was qualified, young, ambitious, and could grow with the company

I have since encouraged ALL to update their LinkedIn as I did and use it at a tool to land a job…it worked for me!”

Paul Jarley, Ph.D., is the dean of the UCF College of Business Administration. He blogs every week at This post appeared on June 5, 2013. Follow him on Twitter @pauljarley