If you’re a recent graduate looking for your first job or intern trying to get some valuable work experience, below are 2 simple job search strategies that will give you the upper hand and show a potential employer what you’re made of.
Make contact with people you admire professionally
Reaching out to someone you admire can open up opportunities for professional mentoring and job search support. As a graduate, don’t be afraid to ask for help and you’ll find many people are willing to share with you what they can. We’ve all been there at some stage so we understand how hard it can be to get the confidence you need to compete against 100’s of others and master the job interview process. It’s a tough world out there and most executives and professionals (if asked personally) would jump at the chance to take a young person under their wing and provide them with nurturing words of advice. They’ll be able to share with you their own personal job search experiences and hopefully introduce you to their connections who may be people who are on the lookout for a motivated grad. You see where we’re going here? Take the personal approach, ask for help from people with experience and see where it leads you.
But don’t make the mistake of just sending a faceless email. Actually pick up the phone, tell the person exactly why you need their help and then hopefully you can organise a time to meet them face-to-face. This is a personal situation and something that needs to be done the old fashioned way. To build a good relationship, there needs to be trust and honesty on both sides and sometimes technology just gets in the way of that. If you’re stuck trying to get the contact details of a possible mentor/professional, try and find them on LinkedIn (or sign up if you haven’t already), make a connection and then give them a call. People can easily disregard an email so it’s always your best strategy to pick up the phone.
I know – your parents have been on your case about this since, well … the beginning of time, but... (continued)