How To Find Your First Job:
Tip #4 Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Finding a job that is a perfect fit with what you’ve been studying for the past four years is ideal. However, if you are not able to find your niche in that particular field, don’t be afraid to explore other options. Perhaps you have a degree in mathematics, but you’re really gifted with children? Consider working at a daycare or as a Kindergarten teacher. Be sure to consider different alternatives so that you’re not trapped by tunnel vision. Being flexible makes you versatile, and you will become a Renaissance woman in no time! (Ironically, that’s probably when your dream job will come calling.)
Tip #5 It’s Not Always What You Know…
…It’s who you know! Do you remember those influential contacts you made from the wonderful internship you had last summer? Call them up and see what they can do for you! You always want to stay connected with the people that you have met through networking or other projects. If they are not currently interviewing or their firm is not currently hiring, don’t be afraid to ask them to introduce you to other people they know who are currently in your target field. Call up these people and ask if they would be willing to meet you for a cup of coffee so you can ask them some questions on how they landed their dream job.
If you didn’t have an internship last summer or don’t know anyone in the field you want to be in, this is your chance to go out and find them. Look for local professional groups in your community, where you’ll have a chance to meet individuals who have your ideal career. LinkedIn is one of the most accessible professional resources available online. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you should create one ASAP. Once you’re there, you can search the hundreds of professional groups and community boards on LinkedIn or even start your own. This will help you get connected to your professional area of interest and stay current with new trends and developments in your target field.