You’ve spent the majority of your life in school and now it’s time to move to the next level, a chance to be gainfully employed. Here are some things to consider when looking for a job:
Research potential employers: Look into the companies you are interested in and see what kind of programs they have for their employees, how they have been handled in the news lately, how they treat their employees and check out their careers page, see if they have any applicable jobs for you. Get to know the company before you throw your hat in the ring.
Contact recruiters in the area: Get your name out there with some of the best networkers around, if they have something or hear of something, they’ll contact you.
Network and connect: Don’t rely solely on the internet for jobs, reach out to anyone and everyone that knows your character and passions, let them know you are entering the job market and to keep their ears open for any leads (once you get a lead, follow up immediately and be sure to send a thank you to the person who gave you the lead). Get involved in organizations that are populated by those in your industry, shake hands, get business cards and follow up with everyone you meet. Connect with contacts on LinkedIn to keep lines of communication open.
Utilize all college resources: Work with your advisors, the college’s career office and campus job boards. It’s in your school’s best interests for you to be employed, they will help in any way they can, all you need to do is ask.
Don’t search for the perfect job, just find your first job: Don’t set your sights so high that you discount jobs that would be perfect opportunities for you to learn and expand your skill set. There will rarely be the perfect job within your career, don’t wait till you find it now, you may be unemployed for a while, find a good learning opportunity with a company you respect and start there. You have plenty of time to search out the job of your dreams.
When all else fails, consider temporary work: Sometimes, regardless of the effort, you just can’t find the right job for you. Bills will start adding up and you need employment, the gap in your education prior to employment will look questionable if it becomes too great. Find something that will be a good stepping-stone into a career, or at the very least, pay your bills in the interim.
Social media image in check: Be sure your Facebook account doesn’t look like a dorm room party with your half naked friends. You can still look like you know how to have fun, but err on the side conservative. Future employers will search you out and may use things against you or in your favor.
Put in the time and effort now, it will pay off with a job that will grow your career.