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Securing your first job or internship can be an intimidating task. Many students approach the application process with the mindset that they would be lucky to acquire any position. While it is easy to be threatened by the thought of entering the workforce, the following tips will make the process a bit less stressful and (hopefully) lead to a rewarding outcome:
Do Your Research
There are countless factors to take into account when choosing companies to apply with. What is the leadership style? What is its history? In what direction is it heading? Beyond this, it is important to know where you would fit into the company and what your growth potential would be as a new employee.
Utilize Your Network
There are more ways to find a job than the typical “apply online”. Your network is the most important thing to maintain throughout your academic and professional careers. Whether you reach out to a former classmate or family friend, there are most likely countless people in your life that can provide you assistance in finding a job. Beyond this, it is important to make time for the people in your network and maintain a genuine professional and/or personal relationship with them.
Company Culture is EVERYTHING
It is easy to get caught up in a company’s brand and the notoriety that comes with being associated with it. However, it is crucial to pay attention to the work environment within an organization and how its employees interact with one another. These are the people that you will be spending every day with. When you’re visiting an office or being interviewed, ask yourself: would I like working here?
As hard as it is to believe, there ARE jobs out there. Don’t settle for the first opportunity that comes your way unless you are actually excited about it. As college students, we have the rest of our professional lives ahead of us. This is the time be adventurous and honest with ourselves about how we want to make a living.
When searching for your dream job, be thorough and then go for it!