Your starter guide to getting ahead of your future
It’s true; the best job search strategies are those with intention, purpose, and direction.
The truth is most college students don’t know exactly what they want to do when they graduate. I’ve been there myself, and It can be stressful, especially if you have friends who seem to have all it figured it. (Side note, they probably don’t 😊) My advice… embrace it. Acknowledge that you don’t have a plan (yet) so that you can move forward. The worst thing you can do, is to do nothing. Trust me, just dive in!
Be curious. It’s ok if you’re not clear on your passion, first pursue your interests. Talk to your career advisor and professors and look at job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed and note down any roles you may find interesting. Once you have a few ideas, start talking to people. This is the key! The earlier you start thinking about this and connecting with people the better positioned you’ll be when it comes time to land that all-important internship or job by graduation.
Many graduates gravitate towards job boards and recruitment agencies, however 80% of the jobs are received through the “Hidden Job Market.” Typically speaking, companies look to their management teams and staff for referrals to bring in new talent. This saves the company time and money they would have otherwise used on staffing firms and internal resources.
One of the best ways to learn more about various job roles and career paths is to speak to people in those roles. Connections you establish in your 1st or 2nd year could play a major role in finding your first job. You can identify professionals in your personal network, alumni association, professional associations, LinkedIn Groups, and many other avenues. Speak with your career advisor about additional strategies you can use to grow your network.
The hardest part is getting started. Once you get the conversations started, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it becomes and how quickly you can start growing your network.
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