The final year of university can be a rollercoaster of emotions. You’re happy to be graduating, but sad to leave and anxious to know if you’ll find your dream job when you enter the “real world.” Trust me, as a fellow fourth year student, I know how you feel! With just over a month of school left, it’s time to kick it into gear and start your job search.

So, I thought I would share some of my tips with all of you.

1. Become Best Friends with Your Career Consultant

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The Business Career Hub at TRSM is a great resource to prepare you for your job search. You have the opportunity to sit down with your specialized career consultant, amp up your resume, and get help preparing for an interview. I advise all of you to get your resume looked at before applying, as it’s always a good option to get a new set of eyes on your resume. You want to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best way possible and will set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants.

2. Get Linked

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If you haven’t already created a LinkedIn profile, do it RIGHT NOW! It’s a great social tool that allows you to connect professionally with people you have worked with or with whom you have collaborated on projects. It can also be used to get in touch with recruiters and build your professional network. If you already obtained an interview, it can also be a great tool for research. However, don’t just make an account – make sure to keep it updated and filled out appropriately. Also, be sure to join LinkedIn groups so you can utilize LinkedIn to its fullest potential.

3. Take It for a Test Run

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Not sure where exactly you want to end up? That’s okay! Get yourself out there and try to find out about all your options. Sit down with those in the career fields you’re interested in. Try to set up informational interviews with individuals to get an idea about different positions and learn from others experiences. LinkedIn is a great way to do this. Try messaging someone who holds your ideal position and tell him or her you would love to sit down and chat about his or her experiences. Based on my experience, many professionals are willing to take time out of their day to help new graduates. If you already know someone in the field you are interested in, ask to shadow them for a day. This way you’re able to get insight into what the role really entitles.

4. Don’t Give Up!

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Sometimes we are discouraged by a bad interview or the lack of jobs in our ideal position. However, it is key not to stop searching. Make sure you are constantly looking at online posts on job search websites, the Career Hub site, and company’s websites. Most of these sites let you filter your search for the type of field you are interested in, location, and position level. Don’t forget you have to start somewhere – don’t hesitate to apply for jobs that don’t have your ideal job title. We can’t expect to get our dream job right out of university – it takes work. So, be open-minded!

5. Prepare NOW

It’s never too early to start preparing. If you are entering the job search stage and are trying to secure an interview, start preparing now. You might not know which particular company you will land a job in, but you know that most of these interviews will have behavioural aspects. So, do some research and start preparing for the behavioural questions that may be asked at any interview. Another great idea is to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and news within the industries you are interested in. Pick up a newspaper or download the app on your phone. Start reading and being aware! This will help in interviews as they will know you are passionate and informed about what’s going on.

Lastly, make sure you set up a professional voicemail as you may be getting calls for interviews. In addition, start creating a professional image of yourself online. For example, you don’t want your future employer knowing about that one night you were completely wasted and made an entire fool out of yourself. Think before you post, because I can ensure you that the chances of them running a Google search on you are pretty high!

What are your job search tips? Share them with me in the comments or on social media!

Posted by Alysia Harji

Alysia Harji is a current direct-entry Marketing Management major. She has a love for brand management, finance, traveling and fashion. When she is not balancing motherhood, work and being a student, you can see her sipping a chai tea latte, blogging or watching marathons of Suits and Pretty Little Liars in her fuzzy slippers.

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