7 Job Hunting Tips for Students

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by

By Emma Strand, 10/8/2010

1. Go in with the right expectations: Your first job probably won’t be your dream job! Additionally, your first job won’t be your last job. Shoot for balance—a decent, entry-level position with a good company is a solid starting point. You have plenty of time to move up the ladder as you gain experience and build up your network.
2. Work your network: Did you know that 90% of new graduates find their first job through friends, relatives, and professional acquaintances? Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family that you are looking for a job. Chances are, at least one of them will know someone in your industry who has an opening or would be willing to contact you. Each person you meet becomes part of your network!
3. Use basic business sense: Companies hire employees who they believe will help their business improve. Before your interview, figure out what you could bring to the company, and articulate this when you are talking with them. Understanding how the business works—and how you fit into their business plan—will help you stand out above the other candidates.
4. Learn about your future company: Before your interview, research the company and the position you are applying for. Go to their website or talk to people who work there to learn as much as you can about the business. Employers don’t want to hire someone who doesn’t seem genuinely interested in the position—and you will send that impression if you go into the interview without doing your research.
5. Be flexible: If you are set on a specific job in a specific location, you’re going to have a tough time making it happen. There are plenty of good jobs in places like Boise, Amarillo, and Salt Lake City. Consider looking for jobs in a number of locations. You’ll increase your chances of finding a job—and may even enjoy living in a new environment!
6. Demonstrate that you have the right attitude: Be confident, positive, and optimistic in your interviews and conversations with potential employers. No one wants to work with a grouch or a downer. Your attitude can be an even more powerful tool than your resume and past experiences!
7. Don’t get discouraged: Given the economic circumstances, it’s easy to feel discouraged. If things aren’t going your way, don’t give up! A job you don’t get may lead you to a different job. The effects of sending out resumes and going to interviews are cumulative. You never know how one interview or interview could impact your career search.

From Joe Mayne’s article “Job Hunting in a Tough Economy: 7 Tips for Students and Graduates”

 

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