在 LinkedIn 上发送100个一键式的申请表看上去有效率，但是要找到一份工作，你必须清楚自己在寻找什么，以及为什么想要这份工作。在如今的虚拟世界里，假设你发起一个短暂的线上聊天，写一封私人的，做了充分研究的电子邮件。不要问别人的想法，而要更具体一点，明确你想要学习和讨论的话题。更具体地说明你希望从这些会议中得到什么，并准备好深思熟虑的问题，这将有助于你从寻求建议的其他人中脱颖而出。同样重要的是要表明你只是在社交方面做了工作，而且这也应该反映在你的求职信和面试中。不要只是说你想为公司工作，让他们知道你为什么想为公司工作。你熟悉他们的工作，他们的挑战，以及最近的消息，但最重要的是，一定要告诉他们你可以能为公司或团队做什么贡献。不要忘记，公司最感兴趣的是你能做什么以及为什么你是这份工作的最佳人选。所以要确保你能胜任这份工作。
Being an international student is not easy. Nowadays, graduating and looking for your first job can add to this pressure. Everything appears to be turning upside down, the economy, COVID-19, politics, immigration, and the state of the world.
As millions file for unemployment, many first-time job seekers might be wondering how to break into this unpredictable job market. It is imperative not to lose hope and continue to look for work and stay connected during the economic downturn.
Here are six easy ways to keep networking, find work, and make advancement in your career.
Many international students and first-time job seekers have a vision of what they thought their first job would look like. That thought might still be right, but you might need to take some turns and twists to reach that goal. For example, while many international students might have their minds set on a full-time job with full benefits, it might be time to consider a six-month internship or fellowship or look for a short-term contract until businesses start hiring for more full-time positions again.
2.Change Your Expectation
Many of my students tell me that they are sending out their resumes, but they’re not getting many replies. I ask them to consider adjusting their expectations. They must jump somewhere, even if it’s not where you want to be, to gain experience. This is not to say to ignore your final career goal, but alternatively, think about what other positions would give you the skills and expertise you need to get closer to your ideal jobs. Or maybe you can be more open-minded about job location. Perhaps you wanted to work in Manhattan or Chicago, but you see positions that are a better fit for you in Pittsburgh or Miami. Or even though you’ve wanted to move away, there are more opportunities closer to home. Wherever you end up right after graduation doesn’t have to be where you live forever, and a job in an unexpected location now could set you up for a role in the city you hope to settle in later.
3.Focus on Your Skills
I often tell students instead of focusing on the job they want; they should focus on the industry most interested in the skill set they have built. It is essential to think about how the skills from their college courses, past internships, summer or work-study, or even volunteer work can be leveraged in the current economy. Keep in mind that whatever position you get now, you can use that experience down the road to assist you in shifting into the kind of role you initially had in mind – or you might discover another path you’re even more excited about.
4.Network, Network, Network!
It is essential to reach out to people you already know relatively well and ask them to let you know if they find relevant opportunities. Start asking a list of people in your network you feel comfortable approaching; for example, your favorite professors, internship supervisor, even family members, and friends can let them know you are actively looking for a job. It is essential to be more focused on staying connected and telling your story than finding a job. It may seem counterintuitive, and it may not generate job offers right away, but you will be getting on people’s radar and laying the foundation to build and develop your career in the years to come.
It is easy to feel productive and send out 100 one-click applications on LinkedIn, but getting a job requires you to get clear on what you are looking for and why you want it. In today’s virtual world, suppose you ask for a virtual coffee chat, write a personal and well-researched email. Don’t ask to pick someone’s brain. Be more specific and pinpoint the topics you’d like to learn about and discuss. Being more specific about what you hope to gain from these meetings and being prepared with thoughtful questions will help you stand out from others reaching out for advice. It is also essential to show that you have done your work only in networking, but also it should reflect in your cover letter and interview. Don’t just say you want to work for the company, Show them why you want to work for the company. You are familiar with what they do, their challenges, and recent news, but most importantly, make sure to tell them how you can offer the company or the team how you could contribute to the role you are applying for. Don’t forget; companies are most interested in what you can do and why you’d be the very best candidate for the job. So make sure you’d be for the job.
6.Constantly Update Your Skills
Expanding your knowledge will be particularly useful when potential employers aks how you spent your time during this pandemic. It is necessary to show that you were productive, so be ready to talk about the online courses you took, volunteer work you have done, or the books you have read.
This is a tough year, particularly for international students. We don’t know how long the pandemic, social distancing, and the economic crisis will last. So let’s focus on what we can control, responding to job postings, and reaching out to our network.
Just keep in mind that there will be many NOes, but it is crucial not to take it personally… Stay focused on what you can do and can do better and how to move ahead, one step at a time.