It’s not easy to stand out from the crowd when job searching, especially when you’re a student or recent graduate. Here’s how people early in their careers can make an impression without work experience:
– Find a connection—Many organizations prefer to hire based on internal referrals, so if you can connect with someone at the company to pass along your resume, you’re already jumping to the top of the list.
“Network is Net Worth”—Think of any situation where you’re affiliated with at least a few other people, and you have a network. Any clubs or teams—even study groups—are all where your networking begins. Your professors and TAs are also great resources. Start with the people you already know and branch out from there. And if you’re not having any luck, why not start your own networking event.
Online portfolio—This is a must-have. Employers want to be able to see what you can do, and if you don’t have a stacked resume, this is how you show your stuff. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Having an About.me or simple WordPress page is a great start. Just keep it clear and professional, and make sure your contact information is up to date and easy to find.
Informational interviews—Informational interviews are a great way to gain insight and build your network. Just remember, these are not job interviews, and whoever you’re meeting with is doing this to help you, so be respectful and grateful for their time and efforts.
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