Job searching can be intimidating.
For many students, they don't know where to start. So, they get online and sign up for a long list of job posting sites, fingers crossed, eyes crossed, toes crossed, hoping someone will choose them.
Stop approaching your job search like an episode of the Bachelor. Stop waiting for someone to give you a rose. Pick yourself. Choose you.
How? Stop casting a wide net for the best paying job based on who decides you're the right fit for them and their needs. Determine what's the best work for you, what you really want to contribute and go find what's the right fit for you.
The traditional job search approach is dead. Some may disagree. It's at least on life support and it's time for someone to pull the plug.
It's time for YOU to value what you have to offer.
However, you have to have something to offer. Just because you finished college and have a degree doesn't mean you qualify for your dream job, location of choice, office with an amazing view and a big salary. There's a delicate balance to all of this.
Yes, know your value and own your power, but also realize that experience is also a huge factor in most cases. If you've never worked in a particular arena and you're standing on your college degree with no experience of any kind as your foundation, it's going to be difficult to secure work you really care about. Not impossible, but very difficult.
You've got to be smart about it. Create a plan and work your plan.
Don't wait until your senior year to start planning, get started before you even step foot on a college campus. This advice doesn't mean that seniors are stuck. There are some strategies for you too, and students at every level, but it's a lot easier when you start building early.
There's research, experimenting, shadowing, informal interviews, internships, study abroads, intentional networking, and more that needs to be done.
And, there's a big bag of strategies you can choose from and employ to target what you want and go for it. Consider the following options: