There is no Easy Button for Full Time Work Attainment

Finding your first full time job if you do not attend college or upon graduation takes careful planning and strong ability to fight off times of frustration. The right full time job takes self reflection, research, networking and constant communication.

Use of mind mapping tools to explore your true areas of passion, interest and skill will help you shape your search. Putting down on paper your areas of non-negotiation and ideal roles will guide you and help you stay on track.

Networking and researching companies in your area of interest will help you get your foot in the door. Tools including LinkedIn and Handshake can help you identify alumni who are in your area of interest. A simple reach out for a “warm handshake” will lead to a call or meeting that can give you better insight and even a referral into the company of interest. Updating your profile on these tools is always important to keep your finger on the pulse of the companies or industry while making you discoverable by potential contacts including HR or hiring managers.

Be prepared for any networking call with a list of questions or areas of concern. Keep the meeting to 30 minutes or less and always leave your calls with a follow up action item between you and your contact. This can be to place a call on your behalf to the hiring manager or human resource contact. Keeping track of your contacts on a spreadsheet will also allow for consistent follow up which will demonstrate your interest and organizational skills.

Try to use company websites for latest job openings rather than generic sites like Indeed or Zip Recruiter. These tend to place job posts late in the process after they have been socialized internally or are already in the interview process. Networking with insiders will allow you to get earlier visibility to openings and can give you the advantage.

Job-Lander can help. Let us walk you through a comprehensive job searching plan. Click here to register for our complimentary 30 minute consultation to help you get started and land the role that is best aligned with your passions, interests and skills.

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