LAUNCHING YOUR JOB SEARCH: CAST A WIDE NET, AND THINK BEYOND THE INTERNET:
Sending out resumes on Craigslist or Monster and hoping for the best is all well and good, but in today’s ultra-competitive job market, it probably won’t be enough. Particularly at this stage of your career, networking will be your best job-search strategy. School resources, like career centers and drop-in counselors, can be a valuable resource. Often, schools have built-in alumni networks that can provide you with possible connections to get your foot in the door. If you have internship experience, draw upon the contacts you made there for opportunities and references. Max Knoblach of Mashable suggests reaching out to people you admire in your field, by finding their email addresses or even tweeting at them. Vlad C., a Talent Coordinator, took this advice. He started out his college career by taking accounting and financing classes—but sensed the financial world wasn’t for him. He got in touch with a number of recruiters, who told him that with his personality, a career in human resources would be perfect—and he’s been on that path ever since. You never know when or where you’re going to meet the right person to help launch your career. Nick S., an Office Assistant, “had an idea of what I wanted to do, but didn’t know how to get there.” Then he met a recruiter—in a bar of all places—who helped him land a job that he’s now enjoying. “It helps to drop a lot of hooks in the water,” Nick advises job-seeking grads, “and don’t be afraid to get your hands wet".
PART ONE: JOB SEARCH 101: METHODS, TOOLS & TRICKS
METHODS:CHOOSING A CAREER DIRECTION, FOLLOW YOUR PASSION, NOT THE MONEY
Before you can go after your dream job, you’ve got to have an idea of what it is. According to Anthony Spadafore, author of Now What? A Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect
Career, nearly 70% of mid-career workers believe they are in a job that’s out of whack with their talents and goals.
The best way to avoid finding yourself in a similar position is to have a clear career direction now, at the beginning of your work life. Experts suggest choosing a career based on your interests, passions, and strengths. Consider what classes have most excited you, volunteer experiences that have changed
you, and skills you’ve developed both in school and in life.
One smart strategy is to take a variety of classes, and find out which jobs might fit you best. Alex J., a Graphic Designer, told us that he came to his design career by “taking multiple classes and finding out what you really like”, “ruling out what I didn’t want to do”, and considering “where I’m going to be happy in the long run.” Alex sees himself staying in the design field for the foreseeable future.
Need more advice on your career? Check out Aries HR Consulting's Professional Resume Writing Service and Training and Workshop Series "Coaching the Graduate on Getting a Position".