If you know what job or field you’d like to pursue straight out of university, there are ways to ensure your ideal employer gives you a chance. Getting a head start on achieving your career goals is crucial. Don’t wait until your senior year of college to polish your skills and resume. Here are some tips on planning how to land your dream job:
Visit Your Career Services Center
Whether you are someone who knows exactly what to do with the rest of your life, or someone who has no idea, take the time to visit your university’s Career Services Center. Doing this early will prevent you from missing great opportunities and advice from peers, career advisors, and even employers. After you have settled into the routine of your first semester of college, schedule a meeting with your own career advisor during the start of second semester. Listen carefully to their advice! Also, see if they can help you spruce up your resume. What skills should you prioritize? How does your cover letter sound? What do certain employers look for in an employee? These are all questions career advisors can help answer.
Once you visit your career services center, you will probably know when and which employers recruit from your university. They usually come to colleges throughout the US to give information sessions before recruitment. Career fairs are an ideal time to network with representatives of companies in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the qualities of ideal candidates, the coursework they want completed before graduation, and the best times to apply. Also, personally speaking with one of the representatives can help you in the long-run. Large companies usually have an online application process, and getting someone’s direct email address can help get your file to the right person. Lastly, be sure to dress in AT LEAST business casual attire during your visit to these networking events. You want to show that you are serious about joining the workforce!
Make a List of Alternatives
It is great to aim for the stars, but sometimes the future is beyond your control. Do everything you can in your power to get that dream job. Start making plans early! However, in case that ideal job is unavailable to you, have a list of alternatives ready. Hopefully, those alternatives are similar to your first choice for employment. If they are not too similar, (let’s say your first choice is working as an engineer for Shell Oil Company and your second alternative is working for NASA as an astronaut), make sure your college education prepares you for both careers. Because of the persistent changes in the job market, you want to make sure your education is marketable to the place you would like to work.
In conclusion, these few easy tips can make the job application process a piece of cake. If you do a little bit of research on the market before you are looking for employment, you will be more marketable and better prepared to apply for the job opportunities you actually want. Good Luck!