Kicking off a job search can be a very exciting time in your life, whether you just graduated from college or you’re just ready for a career change. Depending how fruitful your search is, however, it can also be a frustrating time.
If your job search turns out to be a long and slow-moving one, don’t get discouraged. Here are some helpful tips for staying positive and keeping your search moving in the right direction. Before you know it, job success will be yours!
It can happen, but it’s not often that you will immediately land your dream job right after starting your job search. Experiencing highs and lows over the course of a few months is closer to reality. Don’t grow impatient and don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Resolve to conduct a proactive, diligent job search and you’ll eventually land where you’re mean to be.
Identify Employers You’d Like to Work For.
If you haven’t already, compile a list of companies you’d be interested in working for. Identify any personal connections you might have to these organizations and reach out to them to see if they’re aware of any internal job postings. Also keep close tabs on the companies’ websites for job openings.
Step Up Your Networking Efforts.
There’s no doubt that leveraging your personal and professional contacts can open doors to referrals and ultimately, job opportunities. Expand your network to include former schoolmates, co-workers and managers. Friends, neighbors and family members can also be good connections. Consider attending alumni networking events and chamber of commerce mixers. Your new job could be just one connection away!
Register with a Staffing Agency.
A staffing agency can help you land work of all different kinds, from temp/contract work to a permanent, direct hire position. Temp work through a staffing agency can provide great opportunities to work and network at the same time. While you’re on the temp assignment, you can get your foot in the door, demonstrate your job skills and work ethic and establish valuable professional contacts in the organization. Ultimately, a temporary assignment can lead to the career opportunity you’ve been looking for.