It’s that time of the year again… Time to hit the books and put your most studious face forward for back to school season! Whether you’re a fresh faced first-year, or a senior who’s so-over-it, there’s something exciting about stepping into your favorite class and discovering more about what you’re passionate about.
Often times the best lessons you’ll learn while in school can be found outside of the classroom by getting real-world experience. More than a way to score a few bucks, the right student job can transform the skills you learned in your favorite subject to a valuable trait in the job you’ve always dreamed of.
So get ready to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, here’s our checklist for how you can stand-out in the student job circuit and nail your dream gig:
1. Look Great Online:
Reading this blog from a web browser? You’re not the only one who likes surfing the net. If you’ve recently applied for a new job, there’s a good chance that your potential employer will be taking to their favorite search engine to get a better idea of what you’re all about. Wow them by creating your own website to showcase your talent. Give potential employers a glimpse into your talent and personality by writing a killer bio and by showing off some of the work that you’re proudest of. Not sure what to include? Read on for some more ideas..
2. Create Your Own Blog
Market yourself as an expert in the industry of your dreams by sharing your thoughts in your own blog. Looking for a job in the fashion industry? Cover the latest trends or street fashion in your school! Passionate about a social justice movement? Share your brilliant ideas in an opinion editorial! Your blog is your podium to share the ideas that you’re most passionate. Share your blog in your website, CV & online profiles to show potential employers that you’ve got your finger on your industry’s pulse.
3. Create a Killer Linkedin Profile
More than an online version of your resume, your Linkedin profile is a great place to highlight your most marketable traits. As a student, you may not have a ton of work experience to write about, but here are some other ways that you can promote yourself:
- Ask friends, teachers and classmates to write a recommendation for you.
- Publish and link to any articles you’ve written for your student paper or your blog.
- Highlight your volunteer activities.
- Include any impressive assignments that you did in class.
- Just don’t forget to mention how those experiences will benefit the type of job you’re vying for.
4. Do a Social Media Sweep
While we’re on the subject of social media.. your Facebook, Twitter & G+ pages can give your potential employer precious insight as to who you are, and whether or not they’ll enjoy working with you. Make sure your future boss finds more about your intellect than your beer pong score by adjusting the necessary privacy settings in your social media pages.
5. Wow Them with a Video
Videos content can be some of the best and most entertaining ways to show off your skills and personality. How-to videos are not only fun to watch, they’re a sure-fire way to remove all doubt that you’ve got the skills needed to nail your new job. If you’ve got a great personality and a video camera handy you can also spice up your job application by including a video resume.
6. Get Your Foot in the Door
While it may not be the big gig you’ve been dreaming of, sometimes just getting your foot in the door of a company that you’ve been eyeing can lead to your dream job. Many companies are known for promoting within. Once you’ve proven yourself at an entry level position, you might be able to work your way up when the time comes.
7. Expand Your Network
One of the most tried and true ways to land the job of your dreams is to get to know people in the industry of your choice. Student clubs can be a great way to meet professionals in your field, and there are plenty of other opportunities outside of campus as well. Meetup.com has a wide variety of industry focused events where you can mix and mingle with people in all sorts of industries. Who knows, maybe forming a budding friendship can lead to meeting your newest co-worker.
8. Pick Up a New Skill
Get a leg up on other job-seeking students by picking up a marketable skill outside of the classroom. Workshops, meet-ups & hobby clubs outside of the classroom are great places to meet new people and pick up trending industry skills that your professor might not even be aware of yet.
9. Take a Risk by Cold Emailing a Favorite Company
If you’ve got your eye on a specific company, consider sending them an introductory email. Write a personal yet professional email to let them know why you’re the missing link that their company is looking for! Check out this post on how to cold email your dream employer for tips on how to make a great first impression via email.
10. Build Your Online Reputation
Cultivate your online reputation by offering to write for blogs or websites in the field that you’re most passionate about. Guest publications, even on your school newspaper, can be a great way to build your status as a budding expert in your field.
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