As you near the end of university, the hunt for a new job begins. You may have already completed a few internships or work placements, or have even applied for positions at coveted firms or businesses. Once you put together an impressive resume and killer LinkedIn profile, it’s time to get serious about your job search. Here are 5 tops tips to help you find your dream job.
1 Expand your horizons
It can be really easy to get fixated on certain roles at particular companies and feel like beyond that, you have no other options. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Right now, every option is open to you, so think broadly. You can start your career anywhere, so it’s important to think not just about the company and their reputation, but about the job itself. Will you learn new skills? Will you receive training on the job? Is there a pathway to progress? Could you see yourself there long-term?
2 Get a mentor
Find someone who can help guide you in your pursuit of success. This could be someone just a few years further down the track in their career, who can offer insights and advice, or someone more senior who’s willing to take on a more formal mentor role. They don’t have to be working in your field of expertise to help you on your journey. They could simply offer general advice on leadership, teamwork and being productive in the workplace.
3 Make connections
You never know where and when you are going to meet key people that will be a part of your journey. Keep in touch with friends you’ve made at university, lecturers or tutors who made an impact or colleagues you met during your internships or volunteer work. Actively seek out networking events where you can meet other people in your field and add them as contacts on LinkedIn, if appropriate. You never know where your next job offer may come from.
4 Continue to upskill
As you search for your next job, it’s important to upskill. While your official study may soon be coming to an end, it’s a good idea to keep learning. You can always be adding to your resume, whether it’s a day course, online study or a workshop. Pinpoint your weak areas or skills you would like to improve and see how you can learn and grow in your own time. Not only are you making yourself a more well-rounded candidate, but you are making sure your resume stands out from the crowd.
5 Keep applying
It can be easy to feel disheartened when you don’t get a call back after a job interview or you simply never even hear back when you apply for a job. The best thing you can do, to make sure you land your dream job, is keep applying. Go far and wide and then get picky. After all, sometimes the best jobs don’t look the best on paper, but once you meet your potential colleagues and go in for an interview, you may be surprised to see how it’s the perfect role for you.