You worked hard to complete your program and now have your diploma in hand. The next big step is start looking for a job. There is no way around it – the uncertainty of job search can be very stressful. To make the process more bearable, it is useful to approach job hunting with purpose and a plan in mind. Be efficient and spend your time on things that will deliver the most opportunity. Try building some of the following tips into your job search:
Start with a clear objective in mind. Know what you are looking for.Do you have a clear idea of the role that you are looking for? What companies would you like to work for? Are you looking for a job in a specific area? It is hard to tell people in your network what kind of job you want if you are not sure yourself. Gather as much tangible information as you can about the job you want – you can do this by collecting examples of job descriptions, researching the companies you are interested in (and their competitors too!) and talking to your instructors or professionals in the industry.
Create your network by starting with the most obvious people.When you are clear on what you are looking for, start looking within your own network for connections that can help you obtain your ideal job. Do you know someone working in the company already? Can you ask your instructors for referral and recommendations? Get the word out to friends and even relatives and ask them to keep their eyes open for any opportunities.
Be Proactive!The old adage ‘Good things come to those who wait” does not apply to job search! If you are in the market for a job, be proactive – send out resumes, attend job fairs, employer recruiting events, and network! Don’t wait around for opportunity to come knocking on your door (unless you are prepared to wait for a very long time!)
Build your social networking profile.Many employers now are using social media to help them filter applicants so use your profiles wisely. A good place to start is by building a LinkedIn profile if you don’t already have one. LinkedIn is a professional social networking platform that you can use to highlight your education, training, experience and other related professional accomplishments. Connect with people in fields you want to work in or with recruiters that are recruiting for roles in your field.
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