Are you just graduating? Looking for a job or new job can be stressful. Especially one in your chosen career field.
It’s stressful because you just finished school and know you have some student loans coming soon, and other bills too. So, what tools can you use to help find a job?
There are 3 tools that quickly come to mind when I think of job searching: career services, job boards and ads, and networking.
Your school most likely has some sort of career advising center and career services. These are important tools to take advantage of.
In addition to helping you get your documents in line for job searches, the career services department usually has some listings in your field or college. They also usually have a job board where you can review different positions that are located near your school.
The great thing about career services job ads are that entry level or little to no experience is needed. This is wonderful because when you are just existing school, you have the education, but little-to-no experience to support you.
Also, the career services department has experienced employees, not only student workers. Some school career services even do mock interviews to help you prepare for an interview. These are great to help you get comfortable with interview scenarios and the example of questions you’ll be asked. Plus, they usually have a list of common interview questions to help you prepare yourself.
Visit your career services department. Get all the help you can get, and ask any questions you can think of. This is a great service that goes under-utilized at many schools.
Job boards and ads are where you will spend much of your time. There are many, many job boards out there, so how do you go about picking the ones that work best for you?
Well, let’s start with the most popular online board: Indeed. Indeed is a type of job-search engine. You can use either a computer to search in a web browser, or download the app for quick searches and notifications of new jobs that fit your preferences.
Another great online job board source is Glass Door. It’s amazing because it not only lets you search for positions that you may be interested in, but it also gives you extra information. It provides information about the company, reviews from previous/current employees, and average salaries for some positions. It gives a lot of insight before an actual interview.
Another great service is ZipRecruiter. I like them because they e-mail me updates of things in my area that are in my field of choice. Even if I’m not looking for a job, it keeps me “in the know” of what is available.
Lastly, your traditional newspaper is a great place to search for nearby jobs. And by traditional, I mean head to your local paper’s website and use their jobs search page. This is a great way to get an overall feel of what is available because you can view all the jobs in your local area. It can also be a good tool to weed out some scams that may be on the other websites.
Networking is one of the most important skills you can learn when it comes to job searching. And it can come in a multitude of forms.
LinkedIn is a wonderful site for networking with likeminded career goers. Yes, it’s considered to be a “social media” site, but the purpose of the site isn’t to connect with your friends. Its purpose is to be a working resume for you that can land you jobs. It’s a professional networking site.
Other than LinkedIn, interact at functions for your college. Go out and network at job events. Talk to people. Put your name out there. Ask questions.
Networking is great because it’s an open door into a field before you’re in it. It’s great to meet people who will then know your name and possibly think of you when openings come up. Plus, if you network and ask questions, you can get a feel for what a field or even a company is like before starting.
No, the job search may not be easy for you, but so many have been through the same. With technology, it’s easy to do some research and find out about jobs online. You never know when a position may be available and someone thinks of you. Now, get out there and find your something.
Camille is one of the content writers and Mental Health & Lifestyle Editor for Tribe Twenty One. She is a freelance writer and has her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Master’s in Organizational Communications from Southeastern Louisiana University. When Camille isn’t writing or editing, you can find her reading, riding her bike, and playing video games.