Consider using internet networking.
Join professional networking platforms such as LinkedIn. You may think this is a step ahead of yourself if you're still in school, but employers like it if you're already interested in what's going on in the job market before you've even graduated.
Join discussion groups for areas that interest you and begin developing your social network to stay up to date on the newest career opportunities.
Following brands you enjoy and commenting on their articles is another wonderful approach to be noticed; however, keep your remarks professional.
It's also poor etiquette to add someone on LinkedIn who you don't already know, so going on a connection-adding binge won't help you. You'll nail this part if you read our guide on utilizing LinkedIn to get a job.
Consult with your friends and relatives.
Employers often want to hire someone that their trusted colleagues can vouch for, hence staff recommendation is one of the most common techniques of recruiting.
Take advantage of this by asking friends and relatives who work in fields you're interested in. This frequently results in you finding out about openings before the competitors, which gives you an immediate edge if someone can suggest you.
Look beyond job postings.
Sticking to job advertisements isn't always the greatest approach to go forward.
Focusing on individual firms rather than openings might work in your favor since you'll already be interested in the company when you go on to the application process. That should come over in what you say, rather than just completing an application because a job is available.
Of course, keep an eye on job postings, but if you discover a few openings at a wonderful organization and none of the jobs are right for you, send them a CV and cover letter regardless (remember: sell yourself!).
When a firm posts many job openings at the same time, it indicates that they are growing. This indicates now is the moment to introduce yourself and show them what you've got.
broaden your search (and your mind)
Because of technology, the employment market is continually growing at such a rapid speed that there are a plethora of occupations out there that you've probably never ever heard of – and that didn't exist when you were meeting with your school's careers adviser.
Do you know what a UX designer is, for example? Consider becoming a Content Marketer, a Backend Developer, or a Growth Hacker. It's worth doing some study on this since you could discover that after you get past the strange titles, these are positions you'd want to try out for.
Choosing a less standard career path may also result in less competition, and you may discover that there are more chances accessible if you broaden your eyes and begin looking at more specialist roles.
Be self-assured and approachable.
As previously said, how you manage the application process will offer prospective employers an impression of the kind of employee you are.
Someone who takes the initiative to contact a senior member of staff to request a coffee, for example, will give off a lot more positive, go-getter image than someone who just puts in a flat CV and copy/pasted cover letter.
However, if you choose this route, be certain that you do thorough research on the organization before making your decision. You don't want to be caught off guard by not fully comprehending who the firm is and what they do, since this would negate all of your efforts.
Of course, we don't recommend barging into an office and begging for a job, but just requesting to talk with someone from HR and telling them how fantastic you think the firm is can earn you some major gold stars next to your CV.
You'll most likely stick out in their minds when it comes time to make a selection.
Volunteer at your university
There are hundreds of part-time jobs available on campus for students, including bartending, event planning, administration, and offering prospective students guided tours.
These jobs are gold dust, with reasonable salary and hours (and generally being relatively near to your dorm room and lecture theatres).
It also helps because the institution already knows you and will be able to give a glowing reference when you start looking for job after graduation. Our advise is to apply as soon as possible since these positions tend to go rapidly.
Consider an internship.
This is an especially wonderful alternative if you're following our advice from tip number four and venturing into uncharted area in the job market.
Whether you are unfamiliar with a job, it is critical that you get the opportunity to test it out before deciding if it is right for you.
We at Save the Student are opposed to unpaid internships because we believe that no one should have to work for free, but use your own discretion on this one.
If you believe you would benefit from gaining some job experience before settling on a certain vocation, you may volunteer to work for a month for free at a great firm. If you decide to do an unpaid internship, read our guide on surviving an unpaid internship.
However, when it comes to internships, know your rights. Unfortunately, some businesses will take advantage of young individuals trying to start their careers by forcing them to work full-time without compensation.
Paid internships are becoming more prevalent these days. Although they don't pay much, you'll get vital skills, experience, and connections related to your selected company and sector that will come in handy later.
That, or if the situation goes exceptionally well, you may even be hired!
Consider using a staffing service.
Finding job via a recruiting agency may be an excellent option, especially if you struggle with marketing yourself Because recruiters are paid to do that for you.
Recruitment companies actively seek for employment on your behalf on a regular basis, so this may lessen the load a little if you're finding scouring for opportunities especially unpleasant, and it can get you a position sooner than anticipated.
However, although there are many advantages, keep in mind that temp employment acquired via recruiting agencies is typically a lot of licking envelopes for low salary, and nothing more inspirational.
Agency employment for students is often low-paying, monotonous, and (depending on the job) devoid of long-term stability and potential.
Look into job fairs.
Career and graduate fairs offer more than simply freebies (though they are always appreciated!).
These fairs provide an excellent chance to meet and speak with major businesses and recruiters. Remember, they've paid for the stall where they're standing only to talk to job searchers like you, so take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Take advantage of the opportunity to network and learn about application procedures and opportunities.
Don't forget to bring a notebook as well. Take down the names, positions, and email addresses of everyone you speak with, and then write them a follow-up email (just a brief 'hi' to express how good it was to meet them and get you on their radar).
Make yourself your own boss.
Many students and graduates are deterred from beginning their own businesses because of the danger or lack of stability it provides.
Although being your own boss may seem to be a risky choice, if you have a huge concept and the will to see it through, it might be the best decision you ever make.
Our CEO, Owen, started Save the Student as his own company while still studying for his Geography degree and has never looked back (you can learn more about Save the Student's history here).
There are an increasing number of organizations and websites dedicated to assisting young entrepreneurs in their business endeavors. For advice on starting a company, see our guide on obtaining funding for your startup.
If you decide it's not for you after the first year, that's something you'll remember for the rest of your life and (hopefully) you'll have no regrets about having tried. It will also look fantastic on your resume.