Only 5-10% of jobs are posted through online ads or through the newspaper. This means that you need to find the other 90-95% that are not posted. So, how do you find these jobs? In the current job market, you will have to be creative with your job search and will likely have to takealternative routes to attain your dream job. There are several tips throughout this article to assist you with your job search.
Network! Networking is the #1 way to find a job and the best place to begin your job search. Tell everyone you know (neighbors, friends, family, professors, fraternity or sorority brothers/sisters, alumni, previous supervisors, church members, etc.) that you are job searching. Take advantage of Career Services networking events, alumni networking opportunities, professional development conferences and meetings. The Alumni Career Network is another great resource for expanding your network. These are just a few of the ways that you can begin and enhance your network on and off-campus
Expand your search locations. The more flexible you are about where you will accept a job offer, the more opportunities that will present themselves to you. Think of it as a way to gain experience and begin your career. You may be able to transfer back to Virginia or move elsewhere within your company when a position becomes available, or you could apply for a job outside of your company once you have gained some experience.
Take on multiple part-time positions. This is not the ideal situation; however, if you work hard, a full-time opportunity may open up for which you may be considered because you worked hard and proved yourself while at that company.
Lastly, consider an unpaid internship or volunteering your time to get your "foot-in-the-door." If you are unable to secure a job in the career field that you want to pursue, volunteering gives you the opportunity to learn more about the field and further develop your skills. It can also serve as a great networking resource and could possibly develop into a full-time job.
Job searching is a full-time job in and of itself, so don’t be discouraged if the process takes some time. Persistency and consistency are the keys to a successful job search. And finally, don’t forget to remain positive. Good luck!