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Search Smarter, Not Harder

We know that it's tempting to send out hundreds of resumes, cross your fingers, and hope that something comes through. There's a better way.

You are far more likely to find your first job through the network you already have, rather than through random online applications. This means that the work of job searching happens before you ever apply. Start talking to people!

Activate your network

It's easier than it sounds. Try this:

  1. Let people know that you're looking for jobs. Spread the word! Let them know how they can help.
  2. Spiff up your online presence. Google yourself to make sure that the results are professional and impressive. Start using LinkedIn.
  3. Ask your friends, family, classmates and neighbors: "Do you know anyone who works in this industry?"
  4. Ask your professors for additional suggestions and company leads.
  5. Get in touch with any professionals who may be able to help. Write a personal message on LinkedIn. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Buy someone a cup of coffee.
  6. Don't be afraid to ask for an informational interview or a job shadow. People who like their careers tend to enjoy talking about them. Chances are, they'll be flattered that you asked!
  7. Use LinkedIn to search for companies and contacts in your field. We'll show you how.
  8. Stay in touch with anyone who helps you along the way. Say thank you. Keep people informed.

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