26 Jul Job Hunting Tips For University Students – Part 2
Finding that first job after university sounds like a daunting job, but it’s not bad if you start early, stay organized, and pursue it with discipline.
Think about at all the value you bring to your employer as an eager and skilled recent graduate. They would be crazy not to hire you. But first, they have to find you. Correction, help them find you.
Labour market trends
Get a reality check on your career path, if you know what it is, or find that path by looking up market trends such as industry growth and pay. For Canadian students, here are some excellent resources on labour market trends.
o Service Canada – then look under the region you are interested in.
o Statistics Canada – Read the latest job market survey from Statistics Canada.
o HRDC – Emerging Sectors A list of careers in demand complete with occupational descriptions, trends and more! Sector profiles include: multimedia, biotechnology, gaming, tele-learning and others.
o HRDC – Industry Profiles Overviews of many industries within the Canadian economy, with a special focus on human resources issues.
o HRDC – Labour Market Information – The national Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) site for Canadian job market information.
o Job Futures Job Futures is a comprehensive site which provides Canadians with information about the current world of work and projections for the future. Includes career outlooks for hundreds of occupational groups.
o Toronto Labour Market Information (HRDC) – detailed information on the local Toronto labour market including trends, wage information, job information and more!
o BC Labour Market Information – detailed information on the job market, careers, and learning
Join professional associations and non-profit organizations dedicated to your field of interest. Suggestions? Try your local business association, tech association, a professional association (from accounting to dog grooming), political organizations, get on their mailing lists of events, attend and network. When you join, let them know that you are a student. Not only you may get reduced rates (or maybe even free membership!), offer to volunteer for them – great way to expand your network.
And before you completely move on from the world of university, list those used textbooks on locazU for other students to buy from you before the books become outdated. Might as well get some cash to build that wardrobe for success.
Read part III and more tips on job hunting for university students.