If you’ve recently graduated from college and are just beginning your search for an entry-level position, the thought of sending out hundreds of applications over the next few months can seem overwhelming. Even if you have a diverse range of experience through internships, academics and student jobs, it’s likely that you’ll never hear back from the majority of employers. Your best bet for finding your first job is through networking.
It may seem like you hardly know anyone who can help you in your job search, but you’d be surprised how large your network may already be. Even if they don’t work in your desired field, reach out to friends, family or professors regarding your employment situation. While they may not be able to help you directly, it’s likely someone has at cousin, coworker or friend who may be able to connect you with a potential employer.
Once you have found a few people who may be of some assistance, reach out to them directly. State that you are currently looking for a job in their field and you would like to talk with them over the phone about advice and potential opportunities. Even if this connection doesn’t lead to an interview, you may receive guidance that can help further your search down the road.