Searching for your first job can be very overwhelming, having a job search strategy can help make the process more manageable.
Here are a few tips and tricks to minimise the job search stress:
- Start by identifying your job function, what industry you are interested in, as well as the type of company you would like to work for.
- Develop a list of target companies you want to apply to, and frequently visit their websites.
- Use online job search websites to help you find more companies in your profession.
- Check out internships as opportunities to launch your career. Most government departments and private companies offer such opportunities.
- Develop a positive online brand, using various social media platforms to make yourself more marketable.
- Read LinkedIn Guides for more tips on how to create your networking strategy.
Always remember, your CV has one important job: securing you an interview. After graduation your CV should be different; it should tailored for specific jobs.
Networking is the most important part of your job search. It is critical that you develop and use this skill. It is one you will use throughout your life.
Strong networking skills that will help you:
- Explore careers.
- research industries and specific jobs.
- Build a community of people with whom you share professional interest.
- Establish job leads.
- Gain advice on improving your chances of getting hired.
Sources for your network
- MUT has a network of more than 30 000 alumni who would love to help a fellow graduate.
- Attending alumni events, and frequently visiting the alumni website is the first step in creating your network.
- Professional organisations in your field are a great source of creating your professional network.
- Family, friends, lecturers, co-workers, and class mates.
- LinkedIn is the premier professional networking site.
In your job search you may encounter some dishonest characters posing as potential employers.
Please be alert:
- Never pay a recruiter or an employer for a job.
- If the job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is (e.g. ‘no experience required’ ‘earn money fast’).
- When in doubt, google the company or contact the company’s HR department.
- Never supply your bank pin or your credit card information to a potential employer.