Starting the job search process can be exciting and rewarding. You may think that it will be harder for you because you may have less job experience, but you may be surprised. School activities, clubs, sports, and more will help you succeed. The first step is to be sure that you are presenting the best "you" to potential employers and networking contacts. This will help you start on the right foot and make great lasting impressions.
Your resume is the first place to get
started. It helps you market yourself and communicate the value you can
add to an organization, workplace, or school. Once you have a fresh new
resume, you can use social media and networking to get yourself out
there. Make sure you have a professional online presence that employers
can view to learn more about you. Then network like it's your job! Get
out there with your elevator speech and talk to people you already know, and get involved in new things in your community to build even more relationships.
A resume is used when applying for jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and more.
The first step in creating a great resume is to find the format that fits you.
Next, add skills and experience.
Tools and Tips
We use social media every day to post statuses and pictures and to share interesting stories with family and friends. While this is fun for us, you may not realize that not everything you put on social media is private. Depending on what you're posting, this can be a pro or a con when job searching.
Before you start making changes to your social media presence, be sure to Google yourself to see what employers might see if they were to do the same. This can give you an idea of what information you may need to change or get rid of.
You can promote yourself to an employer by having a professional presence on social media. Here are a few tips on how to get the best social media presence:
Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all social media sites you can use to search for jobs! Use the social media guide to get started.
A great way to find job opportunities and get references is to start with the people you already know. Parents, teachers, friends, neighbors, coaches, doctors, local businesses, volunteering contacts, or student organization advisors are all great contacts you may already have from networking.
Tell them what you are looking for or the type of
job you seek and see if they may know about an opportunity or have
suggestions of places to start.
Getting involved in new networking opportunities in your community is another great way to network. You can get started with:
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