So it’s time to play the corporate game! Perhaps your time at university is coming to an end and you’re trying to secure a job in the corporate world. Here are some ideas for how you can shift your job search into high gear.
Network. It’s no secret that getting your foot in the door in an industry or at a company is often the result of who you know. You may be thinking, “I’m young, I don’t know anyone!” But that isn’t necessarily true — the more you talk to friends and family, the more you’ll realise that they have friends and family who might be able to help. And even if you don’t have many contacts in your desired field, that doesn’t mean you can’t change that fact. Attend university events and talk to any career counselors at your school who can put you in touch with people in the industry.
Volunteer. Your primary goal is probably to find a job with consistent pay and good benefits. However, freelancing and volunteering can help you build experience so that you have a stronger resume to present when you’re applying for jobs. If you want to work in Marketing, think about emailing a few companies and offering your help for free. You never know what project may turn into a full-time job or whom you may meet along the way that can help you down the road.
Freelance. Freelancing is a great way to build experience and earn some cash at the same time. Many companies don’t have the need or money to fill a full-time position but could use help here and there and are willing to pay for it. Look on Craigslist and other job boards, and reach out to your network to see what’s out there. Another benefit is that freelancing gigs are usually pretty flexible, which means they won’t interfere with your full-time job search.