How do I prepare myself for the job searching world after college while in college?
From what I understand, job searching is hard, time consuming, and takes a lot of emotional patience. Finding a job, applying to the job, waiting for an interview, having the interview, waiting for a response, getting the response, (if accepted) waiting till you start, (if rejected) restarting the entire process. How do I not only prepare for this but cut down the time, effort, or frustration it would take if I started job searching blindly? #jobs #job #first-job #job-search #career-counseling #career-paths #july20
> Campus placements where companies come to college for hiring
> Converting internships into full time job
> Fresher walk-in drives organized by companies
> Getting an interview through a known contact either through friends or family
> Getting work experience at Universities as research assistant, working for a not for profit organizations for a certain period. This will enable you to get a job experience certificate.
> Online job portals
> Freelancing work through online ads
> Joining the free programs hosted by certain Universities/ Companies for students. Helps build a network for recommendations or job openings. College placement officer can help map out such programs.
> Finally there are also local agencies that can help you find a job for a certain cost.
Beyond the great advice offered above, I'd say to keep an open mind and be willing to try out jobs/internships that may not be exactly what you hope to do, but are in the same realm of what you're interested in.
Career paths are not always linear, and you find your interests and passions along the way.
For example, in college I was interested in becoming a wedding planner. So, I took an entry level job at a hotel front desk, and offered to help out with events and weddings that were hosted at the hotel. In doing so, I learned that wedding planning wasn't actually my passion. BUT the customer service skills I gained from working in the hotel helped me get a job as a meeting organizer at a tech company. Then, I worked my way up to planning large conferences at tech companies. Then a job came up to combine my event planning skills with my passion of helping others, and now I organize community volunteer events for employees at the same tech company. I love it!
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Networking can help cut down on the time, effort & frustration of job searching. If you know someone who works at a company that you're interested in working for, it can help get your resume noticed/looked at. This is important because often times the first review of your resume isn't even by a human being anymore! It's technology that's looking for keywords, so your resume may "slip through the cracks." So, my advice is start networking!
They key to networking that it's a GIVE and take relationship. It shouldn't be just about securing a short-term job; it's about forming a relationship & providing mutual value. Otherwise, it may just feel transactional or inauthentic!
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