5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Searching for a New Job
It’s that time of the year! The academic year is winding down, and countless new applicants will jump into the job-search pool. You may be thinking about how you’ll obtain a new position, whether it’s a permanent role or a summer gig.
There are some important tips to keep in mind as you search so that you nail the application process and find the right job for you!
1. Narrow Down the Search
There are so many industries in which you could find a job, so start your search by figuring out where you fit. If you’re graduating with a college degree, you probably have an idea of where you want to land.
If you’re searching for a summer job or internship, however, you’ll want to think about the future and what you might want to do.
Obtaining a role in an industry you’re interested in will give you base-level skills that can open the door to a career down the line.
2. Prepare Your Materials
Every job will require a different set of application materials. You’ll probably need to fill out an online application and submit a corresponding resume to flesh out your previous experience.
You can still find plenty of tidbits to share even if you haven’t had a job before. List the classes you’ve taken, the relevant skills you have or even volunteering experience — anything to show that you’re up to the task at hand.
3. Ask Around
You can search online and apply for jobs, but that’s likely to put you into a huge pool of candidates. As you search for that first big job or the perfect summer role, ask around.
Your friends and family might know of someone who’s hiring — the companies they work for might have an opening, too. Plus, one of the best ways to find a new job is to have someone recommend you or clue you into an open position.
4. Reach out More Than Once
Recruiters receive countless emails every day, each one containing a resume and a pitch as to why the applicant is perfect for the job. You don’t want your information to get lost in the fray, so make a point to reach out after submitting your application to make yourself stand out from the pack. Wait a few days before checking in on the progress of your resume to give the person time to read your email.
5. Know What the Job Includes
You’re not just applying for a job. You’re applying for a list of benefits, an office culture, a set vacation period and other perks. So, be sure to consider all the extras that will come with your new role. You can research online to find out more about the companies to which you apply, and you can ask for answers to any information you couldn’t find once you’re in the interview.
You may not get the first job you apply for — you might not even get the 101st job. As frustrating as this can be, you can’t let it deter you from finding the career or summer gig you deserve. With persistence, you’ll find the right position, and it will feel so good to let all that job-search stress dissipate!
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