Credential in hand. Now what?
On the hunt for a job or interested in exploring new career opportunities? Here are some tips to help with the search and market yourself to potential employers.
Make use of SAIT Alumni resources
Sign up for My Career Hub, a resource provided by SAIT's Student Employment and Career Centre:
- Access to the online job board with 2,000 registered employers
- Consultations with career advisors, résume advice, LinkedIn profile reviews, practice interviews and other resources
- Access to the events calendar for employment workshops, networking events, career fairs and info sessions
Widen your job search
Try expanding your criteria to increase your chances of finding an opportunity that will jumpstart your career.
- Be open to entry-level positions that will get your foot in the door.
- Consider jobs other than full time. Short-term contract positions can get you inside a company. Prove yourself as a temp and you never know what might happen.
- Don't restrict your search to a specific industry. Widen your job scope.
Maintain a clean social media footprint
Social media is a powerful networking tool as long as you keep it professional. Employers will check your social media footprint. That's the trail you leave on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. If you're unsure if you should post something, chances are you should not.
Social media platforms can be useful to help you grow your professional network. For example:
- LinkedIn is the most popular tool with recruiters. Create a profile (if you don't have one already) and use it to start building your professional network, including your instructors and classmates.
- Facebook can be an effective platform for following companies and influencers within your industry.
- Twitter can showcase your writing skills and demonstrate creativity.
Network, network, network
Up to 80% of jobs are never posted on bulletin boards. Career opportunities can be about who you know as well as what you know.
- Start growing your network by taking advantage of existing relationships you've built with instructors, mentors and classmates.
- Make industry contacts through info sessions and career fairs.
- Keep your contact information up-to-date to receive invites to career development and alumni networking events.
Get involved. Stay involved.
Work at developing skills and experience that employers are looking for, even if you don't have a full-time job.
- Volunteering develops important transferable skills such as communication, organization and teamwork. Employers value volunteer experience.
- Look for opportunities within community organizations and SAIT. Dedicating time to an institution or community group provides you with networking opportunities.
- Don't forget to add this experience to your résumé. It fills gaps in your résumé and shows you're working while you're on the hunt for a job.
Whether you're launching your career, hunting for the next job opportunity or changing industries, SAIT's Student Employment and Career Centre is here to support all of our alumni on your professional journey.
Written by An Tran, Career Advisor, SAIT Student Employment and Career Centre