Introduction to Finding Open Jobs

We have now covered the first two steps in the process of finding your first ‘real’ job outside of school. As a refresher, they are:

  1. Preparation
  2. Networking
  3. Finding an Opening
  4. Application (Resume and Cover Letter)
  5. Interview
  6. Offer/Acceptance

Today we are going to talk about finding open positions. For many people, trying to find a job involves looking at online job-boards or flipping through newspapers. Ultimately, there are many other efficient ways to go about finding work. Quite often, these can be more successful than just randomly replying to online job postings.

In reality, there are three main ways to find a job:

1. Open Job Postings
2. Networking connections
3. Cold Calling

Each of these methods has its own advantages as well as different levels of difficulty. Often, the greater the difficulty, the greater the reward.

While this is not the most important part of the job search process, it can often be the hardest. More often than not, the jobs that are freely posted are not the jobs that you want. To find those elusive jobs, you will need to put in a great deal of work.

However, once you have managed to find one or more jobs that you like, it’s time to move onto step 4, crafting a stellar resume and cover letter.

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