Career advice has made a radical shift in the last few years. Those who are graduating now need a whole new perspective on how to get the best jobs. And, for starters, it’s important to realize that some jobs are stepping stones. Until you have real-world experience in your chosen field, it will be hard to know exactly what you do or don’t like about the work environment. So, first you must determine what is “perfect” for you using the modern tools available to you.
The best first move is to use all the social tools you’ve got. Research companies online, taking time to extract important information they may reveal through social channels. You might be surprised at what you can learn prior to an interview with just a few clicks. And, be sure to control what they can find out about you! Don’t just set up your LinkedIn account, start building your own online reputation by posting professionally bent articles or blog posts. You may even want to write something insightful about the companies you have interest in. It’s a great way to get their attention!
You will also want to take advantage of career fairs and speak with recruiters who come to your school scouting for outstanding graduates. Every interview is an opportunity to learn about the differences between firms and similar positions. You will also gain interviewing experience that will help you with any future interviews you may have lined up.
If you really want to stand out, find out about local business networking groups and start attending ones that relate to your interests. It’s a great way to show a professional commitment to your chosen career…whether you have a job yet or not. The people you meet can be invaluable as you seek to land your ideal job.
And, between research, recruiters and networking events, go ahead and start working in your field. Consider the two easiest ways to get into the firms of your choice:
- An Internship
– Entering the workforce as an intern may not be glamorous, but it does get you on the inside. Be sure, though, to vet the company first. You will want to know if they have utilized interns in the past, and if any were ever hired for full-time positions. That way, you can steer clear of companies that simply use interns for free or cheap labor.
- As a Temporary Employee
– Your first few jobs will give you a good idea of what roles and responsibilities you prefer, and what type of work environment works best for you. As a temporary employee, you can safely “try out” various positions within your field without creating a rock skipping effect on your resume. It is also one of the best ways to get inside of successful businesses and find out about additional opportunities.
If you are 22, you know that social technology is now a huge part of how you approach finding a job. But, don’t forget what else has changed. People don’t usually work for the same company for their entire career anymore. Your perfect job may be the less than ideal job that leads to your perfect job. By today’s standards, getting THE job right out of college would be like marrying the first person you ever go out with. It could work, but for most people, it takes time to find the best match. And, that’s exactly what we help you do at Staffing Perfection!