Looking for a job? Not sure where to start? Take a look at the 5 steps below to get you started. My friend’s daughter reached out not sure where to start on her job search, she was looking for a summer job in psychology. She didn’t know how to find companies, how to approach them, what to say and what follow-up she should be doing, as well as how to utilize LinkedIn to help her make connections.
Here are the 5 things I advised her to get started.
- Research companies. Are there companies you would like to work for but not sure who they are? Taking time to research companies that interest you is key to success. Google is at your fingertips so start googling. You can search by job type or location. You can search job banks, search Indeed many more.
- Clean, clear and error free resume. Ensure your resume highlights your education, skills, strengths and has NO errors. Ask friends and family members to review your resume for missing information and errors.
Don’t forget to include your volunteer work!
- Track your Job Search Activity – Keep a spreadsheet to track your activity and jobs you have applied on. Maintaining a summary of jobs you have applied on, date you applied, how you applied, will help you in your job search and when you start reaching out to employers you may not have heard back from.
- Explore the Hidden Job Market – Many employers do not advertise their job vacancies and fill jobs informally. Job openings are usually circulated amount managers, family, friends, employees, and acquaintances. If you are looking for a job, make sure others know you are and the type of job you are looking for. If you really want to work at a particular company, walk into the location in person and ask for the manager. Indicate your interest and have a copy of your resume on hand as well.
- Build Your Network – Networking can be done in person as well as online. Many job seekers will join industry associations or create a LinkedIn profile to start building your connections. Facebook groups are also a great way to connect and build your network.
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