All right Grads, this is it. You’ve finished your degree. You’ve done your necessary month of travelling and partying. Now it is time to get serious; It’s time to start job hunting.
1. Deciding on a field
Hopefully you’ve already done this and your degree or graduate work will lead you directly to the companies in need of your skills. If you are coming out with an arts degree…we hate to say it, but you’re probably looking at a few more years of skill building.
2. Researching Employers
Before you let your employers see your credentials, investigate theirs. You should have a deep knowledge of any employer you wish to work for. This will help you decide if the company is right for you. Questions to ask as you do your research:
- Are there positions in the company that you could work towards? You never want to take an entry position, only to find out their is no room for upward movement.
- Is the company in a viable market?
- What sort of reputation does the company have in regards to employee satisfaction?
3. Online Sweep
Time to cleanup your online presence. Yes, employers use Facebook to check on potential employees. They will also do a Google search of your name. Guaranteed. Take down all those party shots and stiffen up your privacy settings. Go through your tweets – All of them. Remove any that might be damaging.
4. Interview Prep
The interview process is quite possibly the most difficult test you will undertake. Do not stress; be prepared. Know your skills and abilities and know what the job is asking of you. Know exactly what the company does and who their clients are. Practice with a friend or parent before heading in.
5. Sleep, sleep and more sleep
We can’t stress this enough. To be at the top of your game, you need sleep. Get to know your Vancouver mattress. There will be plenty of sleepless nights once you start working.