You have worked so hard to get to this point and you have almost completed your program and are now getting ready to enter the workforce with your Diploma in hand. You probably have so many different emotions and questions like: What’s next? Can I do this? When do I start looking for work? How long will it take me to find employment? What supports do I have to look for employment? These are questions everyone will have as they begin searching for careers in their chosen field. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your job search.
1. Start early: Even though your head is in your books, don’t wait until your classes are over. Start early! The sooner you start the better; start preparing your resume ASAP. Students at Bredin College take a Career Services course as part of their Diploma program and we will assist you in building your resume to make sure you are competitive in your field of training. Start researching employers that you may want to work with. Having a list is great so you are fully prepared to start contacting people. If you begin this process at the beginning of your program, you may also be able to secure a practicum at an organization you are interested in working for, which in turn could lead to your dream job!
2. Find focus: Before you begin the job search, you must have a clear focus of what you are looking for. Determining the specifics of the job you want or the companies you want to work for will make the job searcheasier, faster and more relevant. You are more likely to find what you are looking for if you know what you want.
The below diagram can be used to help you focus on your job search. People either don’t do all the stops outlined or do them out of order. For example, many job seekers do steps 4, 3, and 5 which leads to frustration. You will see greater success if you follow them in order and complete each of the Steps 1-5, to the best of your ability.
3. Network: Networking is an organized way to link contacts together to form a net of personal contacts who can give you support and information. It is the best way to locate job postings that have not been advertised as well as people who have firsthand knowledge of the industry.
Networking is simply asking people for advice, information and referrals to others. You can network anytime and with anybody. You never know when you might meet somebody who knows somebody looking for your fantastic skills and experience, so always be mindful of how you interact with everyone you encounter in your daily life. It really is a small world after all.
4. Stay in Contact: Make sure you have an updated contact list of your fellow students and current staff. You want to stay in contact with as many people as possible as they may hear of leads and pass them onto you.
5. Stay Positive: Looking for work can be very stressful. You have just finished school and you are expecting a job right away, but that doesn’t always happen. Remember every employer has a hiring process, and needs to go through those steps to evaluate all applicants. You are also competing against other people for openings, and they may get those jobs instead of you. Keep your chin up and don’t give up! Stay positive in your mind and in your attitude. Negative self-talk is reflected in your conversation and in interviews and you may not even know it.
6. Take Some Time for Yourself: There is a saying that, “It is a full-time job looking for a job”. It is very important that you take some time for yourself. Treat your job search like a job. Set your hours that you are going to look for work and stick to it. Then schedule some YOU time. Meet friends for a coffee, do something with your family, or simply read a book. Scheduling some time for yourself will reenergize your brain and then you will return refreshed and ready to start again.
The activities and strategies you use while looking for work will make the biggest difference in the success of your job search. When you aren’t afraid to push your limits and comfort zone, you may be pleasantly surprised! Remember a Bredin College staff member is always here to assist you.