Finding that perfect job after your university days starts much
earlier by looking for jobs and building relationships from
your early years as a student.
We didn’t say job hunting after university was going to be
easy. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated either.
Here are some tips on where to find those hidden jobs and how
to build those career relationships.
Find mentors now. Many successful professionals love to give
back by being a mentor. You maybe surprised at how receptive
many are. They are a great network to show you the ropes, and
maybe make connections and recommendations when you need a job.
If you don’t know where to start to look for a mentor, try your
school’s alumni services (they may share some of their contacts
or to give your coordinates to some of the people on their
list), people from professional associations, profs and their
contacts, speakers or guests at events, people in the news.
Some of these mentors become your life-long friends and future
clients or suppliers when you make inroads to that coveted job.
It’s a win-win situation and a lot of the mentors are well
aware of this.
If your school has a career center, not only check the
listings, make a point of getting to know the staff and career
consultants. Let them know what you’re looking for and ask for
tips and advice, contacts, or mentors. Make a statement and
build your credibility so that you are at the top of their
minds for opportunities that come up and that they are able to
refer. Do the same with head hunting companies.
I was getting exceptional service from our career center. I
mentioned it to the staff and one day I wrote them a card and
took them some organic plums. So maybe the fruits were not such
a smart idea, but they recognized the gesture and the fact that
I appreciated their efforts. They have been my best friends
(and some of the most resourceful) in job hunting since.
Network, add to your skills set, and get some experience in
your field of interest. You will be amazed at how effective
volunteering is. Some of the best job related word of mouth,
referrals and karma comes from volunteering.
Social networking sites
Linked in is a good professional network. Build your online
profile and don’t be afraid to ask for referrals or career
opportunities from your network.
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