By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Searching for your dream job may seem like an overwhelming process, especially for new college graduates. While you may have an ideal position in mind, it can be hard to decide the right place to begin.
To start the job search process on the right foot, it is important to have a strategy in mind. This way, you can make a good impression when you reach out to potential employers.
So, what does a successful job search strategy look like? Here are five tips to keep in mind when going about your search.
Perfect Your Resume
Before entering the job market, it is important to be prepared so that you can present your best self and acquire opportunities. Put together a resume that showcases past experiences and achievements that make you qualified for a position. Were you involved in a club or society in college? Did you have a leadership position, job or internship? Be sure to include these accomplishments in your resume, as well as your contact information so that employers can reach out to you. In addition, be sure to proofread or have someone else go over your resume to avoid any errors.
In today’s digital age, it is also important to perfect your online presence. Go through your social media accounts to ensure your content sends a positive message to future employers. In addition, use websites like LinkedIn to your advantage, where you can upload your resume online and network with others.
Research Available Jobs
This is a crucial step in the job search process. Through research, you can determine what types of jobs would be a good match for you. Explore the field you are interested in by analyzing the job outlook, as well as titles of specific positions in the field. For example, if you are interested in going into the field of marketing, you may find potential positions to be brand manager, product manager or sales administrator. Read through the requirements of these positions and do as much research as possible about what the job entails.
Building relationships with others can bring about opportunities, and today, it is easier than ever to get connected. Thanks to social media, reaching out to influential people in your field of interest can be as easy as the click of a button. For example, some organizations post job openings on their social media accounts. By following an organization on sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, you can be in the know when these opportunities arise. In addition, sites like LinkedIn allow you to connect directly with employers, which can lead to potential interviews.
Once you have determined what kind of position you are looking for and have tracked down opportunities, apply! Craft a cover letter that expresses your interest in the position and why you would be a good candidate. Include keywords related to the job for which you are applying, as this will boost your chances of hearing back from the employer. Keywords can be used to your advantage, as they line up your application with the skills required by the employer, demonstrating your qualifications for the job.
Interview and Follow Up
The interview process can seem intimidating, but don’t panic! Do your research about the employer and the company beforehand, and prepare yourself for the types of questions they may ask. Be sure to arrive on time and dressed for success. Remember to be polite, honest and enthusiastic. Most of all, don’t forget to be yourself! Have confidence in your abilities and qualifications for the position. Finally, be sure to follow up with the employer after the interview to express your gratitude, perhaps by writing a thank you note. This is commonly forgotten, but it is very important to the job search process.
Searching for your dream job is an exciting time, as finding what you are passionate about and turning it into a career is extremely rewarding. Keep these tips in mind when going about your search, and you are likely to find yourself with a job you truly enjoy!
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