This is what I ask myself everyday, where are the jobs? Where do I look, what company best fits me?
Every graduate has this struggle of finding a job that kickstarts their career, for me it's Communications (journalism, TV, advertising, etc.). However hard this task may be, it can get a lot easier if you turn your search into a job itself!
Sounds a bit crazy to think of unemployment as a- well job, although think about what it takes to actually look for employment. The amount of hours it takes to research, make calls and constantly fix and update your resume.
Take the steps to make your search a full time job, start by waking up and spending an hour to email and connect with past employers, your former internship supervisor, even family! Catch up with alumni as well, if your an expert Facebook user, LinkedIn should be a piece of cake.
By networking for a couple hours a day, you already jumpstarted your job search. Start with a simple "Hello, it's been a while but I would like to catch up and seek advice on some career opportunities." This shows that you simply want to ask their expert opinion on where to start and what jobs are right for you, without sounding needy.
Then, take two hours or more to search through sites such as Indeed, Planted, Glassdoor, and TheMuse.com. This site alerts you to any new job opening, has great information about featured companies and can help you get access to a career coach! Don't forget the company career sites and LinkedIn (seriously LinkedIn is awesome).
Grab a bite to eat and take a much needed break, then head back to that computer and start dissecting your resume. Your resume should always be updated according to the job you decide to apply for. Maybe the job asks you to highlight your HTML skills, or maybe even your strong writing abilities. Take the time to make that shine in your resume, and make the grammar tight and neat. The number one reason why employers toss resumes aside is because of grammar.
After that, look for networking events or career fairs in your area. Although some require payment there are free events available. You can check out Eventbrite.com for most or just do a google search that specifically matches what you are looking for.
After that catch up on all current events! This is very vital if you want a career in Communications, you have to stay up to date with the latest trends, world news and especially the company you want to be apart of. Don't apply for Cosmopolitan magazine if you don't read any of the articles on the site or print. Really take the time to know about the company and what goes on around you, prove to be proactive!
- Network, start with people you know and contact them through a short and concise email.
- Research career sites, LinkedIn as well as the company career sites (i.e. disneycareers.com).
- Update and correct your resume, always look for grammar corrections, highlight your skills and prove that your past job experience makes you an asset.
- Seek out networking events, they are out there and are well worth it to attend!
- Read, watch and listen to news and current events, this shows the employer that you pay attention to what goes on around you, and it makes you knowledgable.
I hope this advice helps and you take time to organize your day to really get out there and do what seems like the impossible. Be patient and take it one day at a time, and finally get to work!
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