Looking for a job is much more than just e-mailing the resumes or applying online via job sites. Looking for a job is no reason to slack off and sleep till late. If you want a mediocre job, then your job search can be mediocre too, but if you want the job you have always dreamed of, then your job search must be beyond excellent. So while you are proactively looking for jobs, here’s how you should spend the rest of your time.
Learn a new language
This is the age of multi-lingual ism. The more languages you know the better for you. As in India, you always have the advantage of knowing at least two languages. But, if you plan on travelling or working outside India, it is great to know another language. Plus, you might be surprised what doors can open when you add that language to your resume.
Learn a new skill
It is never too late to learn a new skill. Online courses are extremely common and it is easy to find an online course you really like. From hand lettering to graphic design, from learning how to cook to how to make paper, online courses cover everything. When you have free time in your hands, it is always a good idea to use that time wisely. And learning a new skill can help you down the line.
Network with industry professionals
Networking events happen regularly at big companies. You can also attend your school or college’s networking events since they often invite alumni students. Networking is one of those silent things that has incredible benefits. You never know if the person you are talking to could pass your resume to the right people or schedule a job interview you have been waiting for. It might seem a little weird to go around a roomful of people talking about your skills, but it is worth it in the end.
Call your contacts
Every student has done at least one internship during college. For those who are a little more adventurous, two or three internships are not out of the ordinary. It is smart to build a network of people in the company where you did your internship. This can help you in the future and is one of the first exercises you will ever do in networking. Call them, e-mail your resume, ask if they know of any job openings, and even better, connect with them on LinkedIn to see if they can put in a good word for you with another professional.
Get your references in order
Companies still require references. If you have worked summer jobs or have previous internships, now is a good time to make sure your references are in order. Give your references a call, catch up with them and just gently remind them that they are on your reference list. Make sure they know that they might get a call from a potential employer inquiring about your work.
This gap period when you are looking for jobs is you should not spend sleeping or wasting. Hone your skills, network, catch up with friends, and pass around your resume like it is nobody’s business and you will definitely land that dream job.