Job Searching Approaches

Job Searching Approaches

Once you complete the university, you need to make a transition to the professional world. Most institutions do not prepare the students on how to approach this stage in life. Not everybody gets a successful transition. So, here is a weekly list of how you can approach the transition to the job world from experts.

Week 1: Reflecting on Self

You take this period to think about the achievements you want to get in the first step in your career. Do not rush into job hunting and application. After serious self-evaluation, you will realize that your course limits you to specific careers. During this period, you get to learn more about yourself and the interests you have. You can also use this period to explore the networks that you have.

You get to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What things in line with your career have brought joy to you?
  • What are the dislikes in the activities you have done?
  • What do you want to pursue in the absence of barriers (money, resources, and time)?
  • What or which people inspire you? What inspiration do you get from them?

When you consider all these factors, you then need to search for jobs. The jobs should be in line with your career. The jobs should also be following the interests that you have. You then list down at least 10 job opportunities that have the descriptions that you are looking for.

When you have a proper guideline to what you aspire to achieve, your transition from school to the professional job will be easier.

Week 2: Informational Interviews

After listing the job and exploring them, you need to carry out informational interviews. The interviews help you picture out how your professional career can be. You can interview your friends, professors, classmates, and family. You can also extend to LinkedIn to get more networking.

Ask other people how they got from one point of their career to the other. It assists you to know the channel to follow to reach your achievements. You should take notes of all the information that you get. The notes should include the contents and outcome of the interviews. You should ensure that you set targets that you will reach within a specific time. Try reaching at least 2 to 3 people in a day.

Week 3: Looking towards your Network

After going through the steps above, you should start looking into your network. Make a list of the organizations that you would like to work for. After figuring this out, reach out to your family, colleagues, professors, and friends. The people you reach should at least know others who are working in the organizations. They come in here to link you with the right person you can approach. The network should also know that you are seeking employment. When the networks get available slots, they get to refer you to them. Everybody is willing to assist you in getting the first job.

Week 4: Heading to Job Boards

You can use the Glassdoor’s job search engine to look for jobs. Here, you can also set alerts using keywords. The keywords should include the details of the specific job. After pitching for the jobs, you can take time to improve your skills. You should also focus on finding a job that will improve your experience and skills. These skills will assist you in building your foundation. In your search, you should not be picky too. You should benchmark yourself as you reward yourself as you progress. Celebrate your achievements.

When you follow the above steps, your chances of making a perfect transition will be high. I wish you all the best of luck in your search for jobs.

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