Job Hunting

February 5, 2009

Many people will tell you that searching for a job is a job in itself. That’s no joke; especially in times like these. For any college senior who is searching for a post graduate job, it can be frustrating; it can be demoralizing; and it can be discouraging. However, if you are well prepared and conscientious about opportunities, it can also prove to be very rewarding.

For me, looking for a job started with looking on ASU’s Sun Devil CareerLink. There, students can search for jobs by industry, location, and salary, amoungst other things. It has proved to be pretty helpful in my own search, because it breaks down all of the different opportunities and openings in a pretty simple and easy to find format. You really don’t have to worry about whether or not the job is still open, because as soon as it is filled, the job opening is removed from the site. Once you find jobs that interest you, you can add them to your list of favorites and submit your resume through their links. Even just posting your resume onto your own profile will allow potential employers to view it without even submitting it directly to them. For students without any solid connections in the outside world, Sun Devil CareerLink is a great place to start looking.

But for students who do have a connection in the business world, that could be the best opportunity to finding a job. In fact, the truth of the matter is that the relationship to any potential connection really doesn’t have to be solid, which is something that I am just learning myself. It can be a sibling’s friend, a friend’s sibling, or even a friend’s friend. I have found that most people that are in the same general age range as myself have recently been through the same process of job hunting, know what it’s like, and are more than willing to help. That is really what networking is all about: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Finally, after you have extinguished any opporunity through your school or any possible connections, it is best to start utilizing other recourses available through print and online job advertisements. There are many websites specially taylored to find specific industries: websites for journalism, engineering, communications, and many more.