Remember: There are many ways to go about the job hunt, some more effective than others. Be aware of all the different methods in order to choose the one that is best for you.
- Ask for job leads from family members, friends, neighbors, career center staff, etc. Ask them: Do you know of any job openings, either at your workplace or elsewhere?
- Determine what you have to offer the world and what your favorite skills are (in order of importance to you).
- Decide where you want to use your skills and identify your favorite subjects/fields of interest, geographical preferences, and explore them through research.
- Approach the organizations that most interest you and use your contacts and research to get an appointment with the person who has the power to hire you.
Advice for your first few days on the job:
- Know what your company does. Be ready to give a 30-second overview to anyone that asks, from your friends to your grandma, to your next-door neighbor.
- Understand your role in contributing to the bottom line of the company. Keep your eyes (and your career) focused on the big picture rather than your own little cube.
- Get a copy of your company's most recent annual report and read it cover to cover.
- Dress conservatively. You should always speak louder than your clothes.
- Remember the names of those you are introduced to. In your first few days on the job, jot down names until you remember them. They only have to remember one new name, while you have many.
- Take time to understand your company's benefits plan. Don't wait until you need to use one of the benefits to understand it.
- Watch and emulate those who are successful in the company. Allow them to be your mentors from afar.
- Personalize your work area, but not too personal. Frame your degree and hang it on the wall. Put a small picture on your desk. Get a nameplate so everyone will know who you are.