It is important to note that, most recruiters do not accept hard copy CVs and job applications anymore, they prefer soft copies sent online. So if you are waiting to complete school to distribute your CVs to your dream company then am sorry to announce to you that that type of job search yield little or no result.
There is a need for you to build a strong online presence and link with recruiters on an online job portal called Linkedin.
Linkedin is where recruiters post jobs and where job seekers find jobs.
How to use Linkedin to find a job or internship?
Here is how?
1. Become an Expert
If you want to stand out and learn about industry trends check out Linkedin Today’s News dashboard and Influencer posts for the top daily headlines. Join groups and follow new industry specific Channels
2. Have a strong headline. Get noticed
Write a concise but descriptive headline “ A student at the University of Ghana with a finance major seeking an internship”
3. Include Keywords
Recruiters search Linkedin for candidates therefore use the key words and phrases they use.
Find examples from job descriptions you're going after or profiles of people who have the jobs you want and pepper them throughout the summary, skills and expertise sections.
4. Take advantage of the student profile sections.
Be sure to complete the profile sections designed just for students such as courses projects, languages, certification and organisation. Keywords are good here too. Complete profiles get forty times more opportunities.
5. Talk about Your Relevant Experience
Experience doesn't have to be paid or full time to be on your profile. Your experience section can include internships, extra curricular, part-time jobs, volunteer work or projects that have given you real world skills.
You never know what might catch a recruiter's eye.
6. Build your Network
Grow your network by sending personalised Linkedin connections request to everyone you know- friends, family, neighbours, teachers, colleagues, classmates and more.
7. Ask your network for help
70% of jobs are found through networking. Once you connect send customized messages ( not mass emails) to say you're job hunting.
Ask for advice, an informational interview or if they know anyone in your desired field.
Connect one-on-one and others will be willing to make the effort for you.
8. Find ins where you want to work
Visit Linkedin company pages for organizations you want to work for or see if you're connected to anyone who works or has worked there.
Check out Linkedin’s Alumni Tool to see what the graduates of your school are up to.
9. Search the student Job Portal
The student job portal is just for you. It has all the entry level jobs and internship postings on Linkedin. Search by job role or review postings from featured companies.
Apply for positions and the recruiter will be able to see your Linkedin profile.
10. Get Gutsy
Don't be afraid to reach out directly to a recruiter on Linkedin. One strategy is to first apply to a position you want and then send a message to the recruiter who posted the opportunity( you can often find this information in the job posting)
Get a job, get going at www.linkedin.com
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