How to Find A Job In Orlando After You Graduate

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May 20 , 2015 | Posted by Robert Urban |

How to Find A Job In Orlando After You Graduate

Finding a job in OrlandoHow to Find A Job In Orlando After You Graduate

 You finally made it… Congratulations.
While many have a job through school, it is rare that they are employed in a career. Here are some tips about finding the first or next step in your career progression. While this is catered towards recent graduates, these tips are useful for anyone looking for a job in Orlando.

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The first thing that you have to realize is that everyone who graduated at the same time as you are vying for the same positions. The market is flooded with “applicants” and you have to realize that finding a career and a place to work is a job in itself.
The first thing that you want to do is to  update your resume. I would not recommend paying an exorbitant fee for a “professional resume writer”. There are plenty of free resources to help you write a resume if you need help. I always suggest having a blanket resume and cover letter, yet also have that you will cater specifically to the position you want. For example if I have a sales and marketing background and am pursuing a job that has much more marketing focus I would highlight the marketing aspects on the resume that you send that company.
Next,update your LinkedIn profile. Start by updating your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Then come up with a brief pitch, highlighting what makes you special, that you can tailor as you approach potential contacts.
Ask your network- Most positions are not posted. Make a list of friends, family, connections that you can ask politely and professionally if there are any positions in which they think you would be a good fit for or for professional referrals to their colleagues at other businesses.
Connect with alumni. We generally like people who have something in common with us; who share the same values or hobbies; or have gone to the same school. Call the alumni in your region, go to meetings and grow your network. Adding three new alumni per week (through alumni directories or LinkedIn) is a solid approach–even better if these are in your industry.

Get Involved in the Community and Events You Enjoy or Are Passionate About .

I don’t suggest doing these for the sole sake of networking and finding a job. Do things you love and care about and naturally it will come up in conversation what o you do- the perfect segway into “Well Actually I am Looking…”

Use LinkedIn to maximum effect. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to easily connect with the right people. Search your target market based on your industry, qualifications, university and interests, and connect with the people who interest you. For example, if you work in the insurance sector, you could aim to connect with all potential bosses and human resource departments in this industry and in your market

Check job boards. Many companies and recruiters use them to find the right candidate. Define the top job boards for your skill set and put your resume there. Choose a catchy, succinct headline that encourages the reader to open the attachment. Be professional. Many sort results by most recent date so go in and update every week or so.

Contact headhunters. Senior-level professionals are recruited almost exclusively through recommendation or by headhunters. We know about jobs that will never be advertised and we have experience finding openings. You may want to consider if a contract, contract to hire or permanent role is best for you.

Be realistic about your expectations. While you graduating is a great thing, you need to realize that inmost roles you are not going to be affording a Ferrari with the first paycheck.

In Orlando, there are good signs of an ever increasing tech presence, many companies are hiring, but you have to be creative and diligent in your search efforts. I always think it is a good practice to write hand written notes to anyone you interviewed with or helped in any way along your job search journey.

Here are a couple thoughts about your job search, written as if you were my son and entering the workforce. I know it is easier said than done, but don’t settle- Financially or emotionally.

Be realistic about your wages, but think about the following. You have done research and the average starting salary for your job field is 40k. You get offered 32k. Bills are starting to come in so you accept. How long do you have be at that job before you get to 40k? If you had waited one more month and continued to be diligent about your search is there a reasonable chance that you will get 40k base. Maybe. It will take years of working to catch up to that 40k where one month of searching may have done the trick.

 

While you have to pay your dues, you shouldn’t work at someplace that drains your very soul and that every morning you dread. Life is too short and work takes too much of your time to be miserable while you are doing it.

Secondly, realize that your job changes you. The tempo, people and environment will mold you as well. For example, someone who is a cop for years will start to see the world differently than a person who sells watches to the rich. Your career can influence your worldview.

Last piece of advice, take notes, keep in touch with people , be professional and polite and most of all believe in yourself. Rejection or no answer at all will beat you down, just remember your worth.