As a senior in the final semester of her undergraduate career, I can honestly say that the process of job searching can be confusing and downright discouraging. I kept on top of my search by being prepared and persistent. However, before I decided on pursuing my MBA after graduation, I had applied to tons of jobs and had heard nothing back, even though I considered myself qualified for them. Although I was losing hope, I tried to stay positive…
Here are just a few of the ways that I kept my confidence up during my job search:
Vamp up your resume- Take the time to make sure your resume is up to date and in the right format to send out. Your resume is one of the few places where you can show off how great you are, so do not skimp on positions, honors, or details.
Look for support- Whether they can introduce you to new connections that could help you in the long run, or just rehearse an interview with you, chances are that your parents, friends, and family members are ready and willing to help you with your job search.
Do your research- In this day and age, it is easy to look up companies and positions, so make sure you know what you are potentially getting yourself in to.
Make connections- Getting to know someone through a friend of a friend could be your way in to the job of your dreams… keep your eyes open for connections in your network and they could help you out in the future.
Use social media to your advantage- LinkedIn is my personal favorite platform to look up companies and jobs. You can even apply for some right off of the site!
Dress the part- Studies show that if you take the time to dress up for an interview, you will feel more confident, which will make you seem more at ease and professional to the person who is interviewing you.
Dedicate enough time- Try to devote a half hour a day or a few hours a week solely to your job search. This way, you will be less likely to fall behind on deadlines.
Do not be picky, be selective- Although it is important to somewhat like your job, start by choosing an industry or company that you would like to work for. Do not get too caught up in the fact that you may have to start at an entry level position to get to your dream job in a few years.
What are some ways that you stay positive during your job search?