Let’s be real, job searching is hard! We’ve got a degree, maybe a few, now it’s time to face the real world. Most of our productive lives will be spent working, so why work at a place that doesn’t spark your passion or interests? Finding a job that you truly enjoy is something we should all strive for. Providing for yourself (and your family) through a job that you’re passionate about will lead to a more satisfying and meaningful life.
If you’ve had time to do assessments (i.e. personality, skills, interests etc.) you should also create an ideal job description. This can help you determine a career path or goal. Taking key words from each assessment can help you hone in on your ideal job and then you can take steps to work towards a job you truly want.
Here are some job search tips from Waterloo Alumni Career Advisors, Jayne and Tanya:
Whether or not you’re comfortable networking, the reality is that it’s your best bet to get a job. To some, networking has a negative connotation associated with ‘using’ people. Instead, you need to think of networking as being another means to creating friendships. Being genuine, finding common interests, and actively listening can definitely lead to possible job opportunities. The point of networking is to create meaningful connections. It will be through these connections that you find opportunities to advance yourself, but you must be willing to help others in the process.
If you’re still not convinced that networking can help, I’m a prime example of finding my current internship and next job opportunity through my networks.
Until next time!