Let’s face it, finding a job can be challenging these days. I graduated four years ago with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and English. I have had numerous jobs since then and have learned some tips and tricks on finding a job.
Tips for the Job Hunt
- Network. I can’t stress how important networking is. Get to know the people around you: your professors, neighbors, colleagues–even your Twitter followers. I found two jobs by simply networking with people at one of my jobs (ironic, right?). Introduce yourself, exchange cards and keep in touch.
- Work your way up. If the only job you find after you graduate is flipping burgers–do it! You have to start somewhere. Sitting at home and whining about not finding a job won’t help, either. Start anywhere, and you will eventually find something.
- Stand out. Focus on your strong points when looking for a job and at your interview. Have an online portfolio or blog so people can can easily find you and your work. I’ve had an online collection of my articles for some time and can simply ask an editor to browse through my web page. I would recommend going to graduate school if you can. Check out this piece on SuhaibWebb.com, The Muslim’s Guide to a Successful Job Interview. Also see this article about why grad school is worth it.
- Preparation. Prepare for your interview! I once worked at an office at my university, and a young lady came in for an interview wearing jeans. Take the time to dress appropriately for work, even if it’s for an office assistant position at your university. Make sure to do your research before going to the interview so you can find out about the company. Let them know you want to work for them and why.
- Don’t give up. When I graduated, I applied to at least 50 positions. Keep searching. Look online, in your newspapers, and email several companies with your resume. At one point, it may seem as if you will never find anything — but you will. Be confident and optimistic.
Do you have any tips that you’ve used in your job search? Please add to our list of five in the comments below.