The best tool for searching for jobs after college is personal face to face networking with people who are involved in your career field. However, it is best to proceed this by confirming that you have chosen the most suitable career field by getting to know yourself better to confirm a decision and then talking face to face with people in that area to start exploring the inside view of the career area.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want
to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips:
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Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
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There are a number of things you can do to help find a job! My best advice would be online tools. Aside from a normal Google search, it's much better to use a search engine that is dedicated to Industry you want to go into. For example, I work in sports and I primarily use TeamWorkOnline.com to search for positions because I know it will only provide me with jobs related to Sports. If you want to go with a more general search, you can't go wrong with creating a LinkedIn. They offer a number of tools to help you look for jobs, brand yourself, and expand a professional network.
Another piece of advice would be to seek advice from your personal network. The saying "It's all about who you know," has never been more relevant than in today's society. With more and more college grads entering the job market each year, having a personal connection between you and the hiring entity can make all the difference. I think you'll be surprised how many useful connections your friends, parents, and family friends may have. With competing resumes and experience, you want to do anything you can to stand out in the mind of the employer, and having a reliable connection can be the deciding factor.