How To Find A Job

Hira Qazi, Editor-in-Chief

Finding a new job or a first job can be difficult if you do not know where to start. The process may seem time-consuming and overwhelming, however, if you break it down and take it step by step, the daunting task of trying to find a job can be all the more easier. Below is a list of steps on where to begin, how to prepare for the interview, and how to follow up. 

 

 

  • Build a resume

 

A resume is key to landing any job because it states your qualifications and skills that can put you above other applicants. 

Your resume should include: 

  • Name, number, email, and social media handles
  • Education level
  • Professional history/internships
  • An objective- one to two sentences that explain why you are qualified
  • Skills/Achievements 
  • Volunteer Work

 

 

  • Job search

 

Use job search websites like Indeed, CareerBuilder, or the company’s own website. You can also find listings in local magazines, newspapers, or by asking around and being referred. Narrow your job searches by using keywords that define your interests. 

 

 

  • Submit Application/follow up

 

Waiting to hear back after submitting an application can take anywhere from one to two weeks, so patience is key. If you have not heard back after a week or two, try resubmitting a new application because sometimes applications get lost. Once you have done that, try calling to see if they have received your application.  

 

 

  • Prepare for the interview

 

Now that you finally got a callback, you have to prepare for the interview. Think of the interview as a conversation where someone wants to learn more about you because that is essentially what they do. 

Some questions they tend to ask are: 

  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why do you want this job?

 

 

  • Follow up after the interview

 

After your interview, wait about five days to a week before you follow-up since they need time to review your application.