Most colleges have a placement program in place. In such programs, the companies visit the campus and interview many students right on the campus. However, for students who want to apply to jobs to the companies which are not a part of the college placement program, this is the right way to get started. We will offer a few tips on how to tackle this and the right way to land your dream job.
Do your research
Do your research well ahead of time. Make a list of companies coming on the campus, and a list of companies that you want to apply to but that don’t come on the campus. Along with the list of companies, you also need to make a corresponding list of application procedures. Have a list ready so you can get right into it once the application season starts.
Prepare your resume
Always prepare your resume ahead of time. Keep updating your resume with new projects, skills and experiences as you go. This makes it easy at the end to edit, proofread, and just send it across. You might also want to have a few print-outs of your resume in hand. You never know who you might find at networking events that could possibly help you out with a job application. And remember, good resumes are short, fit in one page but also give a proper brief about what you have done and your experiences.
Cold e-mailing is like cold calling. You don’t know the response, but you at least put your point across without the expectation of a reply. Cold e-mailing will not always produce the results you want because the point of this technique is to reach out to as many people as possible. That is it. It is not to actually apply for jobs. However, cold e-mailing is a technique that it is designed to increase your reach and visibility. Do not be disheartened if you don’t get responses from anyone.
Reach out to people
Reach out to as many people as you can. Get in touch with alumni from your college in similar fields, or with people you have met during internships or past corporate events. Reaching out to people helps you open more doors to new opportunities outside your campus. You can also reach out to people on LinkedIn, another great online tool for networking and connecting with potential employers.
It is not impossible to find a job on your own without the usual college resources. However, it takes a lot more time and effort when you are cold e-mailing, networking on your own, and applying for jobs. Make sure to keep an eye out on online job forums and career boards. Don’t be afraid to talk to people who you might think could possibly help you further your career goals. You will also need to give yourself sufficient time to apply for these jobs, get a possible response, and then interview before landing a job.