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How can I find a job quickly as a fresh graduate? Where should I search?

I am an energy engineer (fresh graduate ) and I am searching for a job since August but I didn't get any interviews and I don't know where are good places or sites for searching. Is it professional to give printed CV s for certain companies?
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Ayesha’s Answer

Hi Rana! Do not get discouraged or give up on your job search. My advice would be for you to find job trade websites for your specific career, which should have different resources for you to be able to find jobs in your area or tips on how to do your job search. I would also suggest uploading your resume on different job sites like CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, etc. This would be a great way for recruiters to find you when they are searching for candidates for their open positions.

It is still professional to give printed CVs but remember that currently a lot of people are working from home, so they may not be in an office setting right now and working from home. So, submitting your CV electronically might be your best bet at this time. It will get to the recruiter quicker.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Ayesha! that was very helpful. Rana
Thank you comment icon You are more than welcome! Good luck in your search. Ayesha Doyle, MSHRM
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Erica’s Answer

There are a lot of different strategies to get jobs! Here are some:

1. LinkedIn - Nowadays, you can't underestimate the importance of LinkedIn. But, here is the catch: it is not only about having a profile! It is about networking and media presence! Post and showcase who you are, your competencies, experience, and search for continuous development. Interact with key people in your industry and nurture those relationships. Take advantage of groups in your area to make connections.

2. Volunteering - Volunteering, besides the obvious and ultimate goal of contributing to humanity, can help a new professional grow their network, acquire experience, and showcase their competencies in practical ways, besides getting good references and endorsements.

3. Leveraging your own personal network - Talk about your job search with your network. Ask for contacts with people in your area that they may know. Send your résumé to all your contacts.

4. Start working in a company in your area in a lower position - The first source of candidates for a vacancy is always internal candidates. So, working in a good company and doing some internal networking may be a good long-term strategy while you are still looking outside for the perfect job. Better to be employed, networking, and gaining experience than waiting for the dream job. The key is to find that lower job within your desired industry to network around the right people.

There is much more! But I hope these 4 suggestions can help you get started! Be resilient; don't give up! A Career Coach could be of great assistance to you in guiding you through this journey. Best wishes!


Thank you comment icon Thank you very much Erica! Very helpful. I have just got a job through LinkedIn Rana
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Celeste’s Answer

Hi, Rana:

Remain steadfast in your search.

I agree with Ms. Doyle, and would also suggest that you check LinkedIn to see if any companies hiring for such a position have current employees you can connect with. You can ask for an informational interview so you can learn more about the company. Make sure you do your research about the company beforehand, since the informational interview may lead to a formal interview. Try headhunters as well.

Another thing to consider is what value do you bring compared to someone who's been in the industry for a while. For example, you could bring a new perspective from a different view point/lens; or, you could incorporate technology somehow that wasn't considered previously, etc.

Hope this helps.
Thank you comment icon Thank you very much Celeste! Rana
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Simeon’s Answer

Generally, outside of some entry level positions (but even including most of those), people get jobs because of who they know, not what they know. It's important to remember that you need to build bridges before you need them. If you find yourself in need of a bridge right now, it's already too late. One of the first things to remember with networking is that it's difficult to network above your employment level, meaning you'll have the easiest time networking with people who are just like you. Networking is more of a long-game thing. Once the friends you've made are doing better off, they are likely to turn around and help you find a position as well. Trying to network to managers and recruiters is not really different than a normal cold-call asking for job positions. Go to events if you can, but don't forget to reach out to the people that you already know
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