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How to start the job search

Network with employers and start searching on the internet

Compile your education, work, and other related experience into a resume and get yourself organized to start applying. When ready, start beating the pavement - and the internet - for leads. Network with potential employers at career fairs, campus events, and through your international student career services office.

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Use LinkedIn to connect with company employees

In addition, you can use LinkedIn to also network online. Find people in companies in roles that you are interested in and reach out to learn how they became employees. The more activity you have the better chance you will have in finding something, but you will be better served if you can hone in on the roles you've done that you've really enjoyed. The more focused you can be on what you want to do, the more focused you can be on your resume, and also when you're speaking with someone about why you are interested in a role.

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Take on a few temporary assignments to get your foot in the door

Take on a couple temporary assignments in a particular area until you build up your resume. I have known people to get their foot in the door on a temporary assignment and then the opportunity went permanent. The goal is to illustrate your skills and focus your resume in the area you want to specialize in.

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You do not need a big network to find a job

You do not need to have a large network to find a job. Sure, it can sometimes help, but your experience and skills are equally as important. Knowing that your resume will be your first impression during your job search, I would focus on perfecting that.

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Use social media

Social media is an amazing tool that enables you to research companies, interact with them, and also to put your best digital self out there! There is no denying the fact that in today’s world, some employers are doing much more than posting an application on their website and conducting interviews. They tweet about what they are doing in their markets and communities, they post to Facebook, have Instagram accounts, and I could go on. First and foremost, use this information to aid in finding the right company for you!

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Sit and think about yourself and what you want

I would recommend starting your job search first with yourself. Sit down and really think about your market. What companies are in your area that you would like to work for? What do you really want to do? What gets you excited?

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Don't underestimate an internship

Many organizations have interest in converting their interns into full time hires.

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Don't underestimate an internship

Never underestimate the power of an internship. I've seen companies hire interns after their sophomore year in school.

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Meet with your school's career office

If coming out of school, meet with the professional at your career services center on campus.

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Meet with your school's career office

I would suggest that you work with your career office at school. They will help guide you with the process for applying for jobs and prepare you for interviews.

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Use your network

Beyond job boards, I encourage you to get networked.

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Use your network

I think the best place to start a job search is within your own network. Make a list of individuals you know that are either within your target industry or may know of people that are.

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Identify specific companies you want to work for and research their website

Another effective method is to go on the web sites of the companies that you are targeting and see if those sites provide job agent functionality. This is something that allows you to list some criteria of the type of job that you are interested in (i.e. function, location, etc.) and when that company posts jobs that match, you will receive an e-mail notification.

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Narrow your focus to one or two specific industries or fields

So, try to narrow down your search to one or two fields. You can even narrow it down further by making a list of 3 dream companies within those one or two fields.

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Start applying before you graduate

Begin applying by late fall/early winter, prior to graduating. For those graduating in winter, it's best to have your resume completed and to begin applying during the preceding summer.

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Use job websites

Try websites such as Career Builder, LinkedIn or Indeed.

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