Put your best foot forward with these tips from SAIT career advisor An Tran.
Whether you’re launching your career, gunning for a promotion or changing industries, SAIT’s Career Advancement Services is here to support our graduates through their professional journey. Improve your job search and your professional profile with these top tips:
1. Make use of SAIT career resources
Sign up for My Career Hub, a resource provided by SAIT’s Student Employment and Career Centre:
- Access to the online job board with 2,000 registered employers
- Consultations with career advisors, résume advice, LinkedIn profile reviews, practice interviews and other resources
- Access to the events calendar for employment workshops, networking events, career fairs and info sessions
2. Widen your job search
Try expanding your criteria to increase your chances of finding an opportunity that will jumpstart your career.
- Be open to entry-level positions that will get your foot in the door.
- Consider jobs other than full time. Short-term contract positions can get you inside a company. Prove yourself as a temp and you never know what might happen.
- Don’t restrict your search to a specific industry. Widen your job scope.
3. Maintain a clean social media footprint
Social media is a powerful networking tool as long as you keep it professional. Employers will check your social media footprint. That’s the trail you leave on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. If you’re unsure if you should post something, chances are you should not.
Social media platforms can be useful to help you grow your professional network. For example:
- LinkedIn is the most popular tool with recruiters. Create a profile (if you don’t have one already) and use it to start building your professional network, including your instructors and classmates.
- Facebook can be an effective platform for following companies and influencers within your industry.
- Twitter can showcase your writing skills and demonstrate creativity.
4. Network, network, network
Up to 80% of jobs are never posted on bulletin boards. Career opportunities can be about who you know as well as what you know.
- Start growing your network by taking advantage of existing relationships you’ve built with instructors, mentors and classmates.
- Make industry contacts through info sessions and career fairs.
- Keep your contact information up-to-date to receive invites to career development and alumni networking events.
5. Get involved. Stay involved.
Work at developing skills and experience that employers are looking for, even if you don’t have a full-time job.
- Volunteering develops important transferable skills such as communication, organization and teamwork. Employers value volunteer experience.
- Look for opportunities within community organizations and SAIT. Dedicating time to an institution or community group provides you with networking opportunities.
- Put your hand up to be a mentor to a SAIT student or be paired with your own mentor through 10 Thousand Coffees with SAIT.
- Don’t forget to add this experience to your résumé. It fills gaps in your résumé and shows you’re working while you’re on the hunt for a job.