Spring is here and graduation is fast approaching. Soon all the hustle and bustle of student life will soon come to an end. As we all know it’s a very tough market out there, but luckily the foundation developed at PACE is exactly what will land you your dream job! I’d love to say that once you’ve completed your program you’ll get the job of your dreams as soon as you leave Pace, and all of your student debt will magically disappear, but that would be wishful thinking. No one said it would be easy, in fact, it will be tough, but don’t worry, I’ve got some great tips that will set you apart from the competition and hopefully lead to your future career.
1. Make sure your resume is up to date
Your cover letter should have a list of your most recent jobs, education, and certifications. Your cover letter is basically your personal sales pitch. You know yourself better than anyone, so selling yourself is the easiest part. Highlight the factors that make you qualified for the position and the reasons why you think you’d be suitable for the job. Be sure to list all of the skills that you’ve obtained that relate to the job that you are applying for.
2. If you don’t already have a Linkedin profile, I suggest creating an account!
This network is for professionals to connect with each other. Many employers will look at your profile after you’ve applied for a position. Keep your profile professional. Although it is a social network it is used as a business profile. Recruiters for companies can review your skills and qualifications on this platform. You can also set up job posting notifications and apply for jobs within the network. This is also a great way to connect with the employers you would consider working for.
3. Research the companies that you’re interested in
The more information you gather the better. Find out what the company’s mission, vision, and values are. Knowing information about the company you want to work for shows that you are interested in what they’re all about. Having previous knowledge of this information will definitely work in your favour during interviews. This shows potential employers that you’ve done your homework and expresses genuine interest in the company.
5. Volunteering will be worth your while
No, it’s not a paid gig, but the experience that you will gain will be the ultimate pay off. Put in the time. Companies are always looking for volunteers for events, fundraisers, galas, etc. Its good experience, looks even better on your resume, and of course, don’t forget about all of the networking opportunities you could come across.
6. Get your name out there
Networking can be done anywhere. If there is an employer that you want to work with, give them a call and ask to meet for coffee. It shows you’re interested and that you take initiative. There’s no better way to network then having face-to-face interactions. Who knows, that one phone call might lead you to pick the brain of your potential future boss!
7. Word of mouth can go a long way
During our learning here at Pace, we’ve come across many special guest speakers who possess the type of experience we hope to leave the program with. Ask for a business card or if you can add them on Linkedin. You never know if a volunteering opportunity could come up, or if a company might be looking for an intern. Use these connections to get answers to important questions and to learn something new. Showing interest helps your stand out and could lead to a great recommendation.
8. Create an account on popular job websites like Indeed or Workopolis
Turn on your notifications and alerts for the types of jobs you’re interested in, or for the specific companies you’d like to work for. These platforms allow you to upload your resume directly onto the website and give you instant access to job postings as soon as they are posted. You can tailor your application to reflect the job you’re applying for and apply with just the click of a button.
9. Attend job fairs and seminars
Job fairs are a great way to learn first-hand information about a specific company. When you know there is a job fair going on that usually means that the company that is showcasing their work are currently recruiting. Take advantage of that. Ask lots of questions and gather as much information as possible. Attending seminars is also a good way to gather information and help you acquire the experience you need to qualify for specific positions.
10. Explore your options
There are many jobs out in the working world. Be sure to stay in touch with your classmates as well. It might be beneficial to inform each other about different job postings you come across and the connections you make along the way. Take the time to learn about a particular industry, position, or organization you are interested in before beginning your job search. Companies may not always get back to you right away but it is easier to gain information from the exploration process then the interview stage.
As your program comes to an end, remember to stay motivated and don’t give up! This is only the beginning of your career search. Trust in Pace and trust in the job search process. You’ve got the skills to be successful in the working world. Don’t get discouraged if the job of your dreams doesn’t fall into your lap right way. Job searching is a process. Set goals for yourself. Do some research twice a week and apply for jobs at companies you like on the other three days. Continue working hard, volunteer, and keep searching. You want to love what you do so you never work a day in your life. Make sure the jobs that you’re applying for are the right fit for you. Best of luck with your job search and all the best to you in the working world Pacemates!