Whether you’ve already graduated or are still in school, it’s never too early to find a job! While it sounds like a good idea in theory, it’s much more difficult to just ‘find a job’ than it might seem. Where do you even begin to look? How will you make yourself stand apart from other candidates? The Jobipedia experts explain where to begin your search and how to use your resources to successfully land your own job.
Use the Internet
The most obvious place to begin any search (job or otherwise) is online. Thousands of job applications are posted online if you know where to look. A good starting place is on Glassdoor: this will allow you to research your industry of interest and find information about open positions and probable salaries. Once you’re past the initial research phase, Indeed is a great place to look at applications and position requirements. Don’t be shy about it; apply for multiple jobs that pique your interest! Although it will be tempting to dump the same content into many forms, make sure that you spend time on each application, customizing your cover letter (if you have one) for each company instead of using a generic form across applications.
If you don’t have much experience, Indeed might be more difficult for you. If this is the case, another excellent tool to begin your job search is LinkedIn. Carrie, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., explains that it is crucial to “update your LinkedIn profile right away--because you want employers to know that you are looking for a position. After that, start looking for jobs by using the job search function on LinkedIn. Once you are able to find jobs that you are interested in, network with that company and their employers!”1
If you’re applying for dozens of positions and not receiving any calls for interviews, you might just have a problem with your resume. Visit your school’s career center. Not only can they correct resume issues, but they can also recommend specific jobs or employers where previous students have been hired. Alumni networks are truly invaluable--don’t overlook them! Reach out to working alumni from your school and see if any of them would be willing to help you get your foot in the door.
Also, don’t be afraid to network with individuals with whom you have no prior connection. Taylor, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, explains how to do this: “Attend social networking events, get involved with the community, find ribbon cutting ceremonies where business professionals will be attending.”2 Do what it takes to meet the people who have the ability to hire you, and always be sure to have a copy of your resume on hand!
Build Your Resume
If you truly have no work experience, it’s highly possible that you’ll have to start with a position that might not be in your desired field. Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, explains that the most important thing is to “find a job that will get income flowing even if it's not related” to your degree; and “when you find that job . . . give it 100%!” If you work hard--regardless of what work you’re doing--your employer will notice. Outside of work, “start building your portfolio. By the time all of that comes together, you may have (realistically) been in the workforce for about a year or two, but you will have a resume you can present for the job you really want.”3
Finally, don’t think that internships are limited to current college students. Instead, as Katie, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., explains, “Some companies offer internships post-graduation so you might consider looking at that as an option. The companies will note what the qualifications are and if the internship is paid or not.”4 Even if you’re no longer a student, an internship provides you with important skills and begins to fill out your resume.
If you’re searching for a job, don’t feel overwhelmed. Although it might seem like an impossible process, you have the ability to make it happen. Use every resource at your disposal to find a starting position, even if it’s not something you’d want for the long-run. Keep going, and you will find the job that’s right for you!