Job searching involves using a variety of resources to find employment and internships. Many students do not realize they need to do more in their job search than just applying online. In fact, most positions are found using other strategies.
Job searching is a long and complicated process which can take a large amount of your time. Consider meeting with a career counselor to help you develop a job and internship searching plan that uses multiple strategies for quicker results.
Many job searchers make the mistake of not focusing their career goals, and this is what can make job and internship searching extremely overwhelming. Before you even begin to search, you need to have an idea of the kind of position you would like to have. If you have not already, you should spend time thinking about how your strengths, interests, skills, and values relate to work environments. Have an idea of possible position titles or career fields you might want to pursue. Doing this will narrow where and how you look for positions. If you struggle with thinking about this, you may want to see a career counselor for assistance in this step.
Networking is key in getting a job, and in fact about 70-80% of jobs are found using this strategy. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are informing everyone you know that you are in the process of searching for a job. Provide them with information about the kind of positions and employers you are interested in and ask if they can connect you with anyone. You never know who might be able to provide you with a contact.
You can also make connections with Augsburg alumni by using the alumni relations office. Developing a LinkedIn profile and joining the Augsburg LinkedIn group is another way to meet more alumni. In addition, you should join professional associations that relate to your prospective career field.
Participate in Campus Programs and Events
There are a variety of job fairs, workshops, and other events that employers participate in to directly connect with students. Participating in these events will get you face-to-face with a number of employers. Be sure to prepare yourself for any networking event by researching the employers, knowing what you have to offer them, having your resume available, and dressing professionally. Review our upcoming events in Handshake.
Develop a Target List of Employers
When there are not campus events and job fairs to attend, you can still get in touch with employers on your own. To find information on employers, look through employer directories such as the Book of Lists in the career center or the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits online. LinkedIn is another great resource for researching companies.
- Talk with a career counselor to critique your resume, review your situation, and help you brainstorm new strategies.
- Try using a staffing agency. Temporary jobs will pay you money, help you learn more about the world of work, and may even help you meet a prospective employer.
- Consider taking any job in an organization or field which interests you, even if it is not at the level for which you are prepared. Once you get inside an organization, you may be able to move up.
- If you are unable to find the job you want in the area you live, think about moving. Economic conditions are not the same all over the country. Research to find what areas have plentiful jobs in your field.
- Volunteer your services in order to gain experience. Volunteers who do well may receive consideration when hiring occurs.
- Arrange informational interviews with employers and others in the fields which interest you. This will help make you a more informed candidate and you may learn of potential employers.