It is estimated that up to 60% of job openings are never advertised. They don’t need to be; they are filled by word of mouth.
How will your family and friends know you are looking if you do not tell them? Tell 9 people you are looking for a job; you have just increased your job access ten-fold.
Bold Idea #1 – Call a list of potential employers. Say something like, “Hello, I am a student interested in your industry. Would it be possible to meet you so I can see if [career goal here] is right for me?”
Too much of anything is bad. So schedule an hour of online job searching, 30 minutes of resume review, 30 minutes of industry research, and one hour walking door to door with your resume.
Plan long term. Successful job discovery will take several months. Break up your routine, reach out to supportive friends, take time for yourself, do different things to keep your spirits and activity UP.
Volunteers supply needed services to the community
Many volunteers also work, these people can make excellent networking contacts.
Volunteering builds your resume. Anything that makes you a well-rounded person makes you a better employee.
Volunteers are REAL people. If you donate your time to a cause that the hiring manager also supports, you’ve just made a connection that goes beyond the words on your resume. You have become real to them.
First, pick an organization or cause that you genuinely believe in. If not, you will not stay with it long term. And long term counts.
Most large cities have contacts in city government or online that can get you started.
Ideally, find a volunteer opportunity that allows you to showcase your talents to prospective employers.
Once you start volunteering, don’t shy away from the tougher assignments. Charities always need two things: Money and Labor. As students, you probably have little of the former but plenty of the latter!