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Job Searching as a Grad Student

In my opinion and experience, one's job hunting experience is greatly shaped by one's current network and supports. Many people rely on their family, friends and social media connections in order to find employment. Pro-active employers, will already be forging new relationships and fostering new connections and they may be a part of your network as well.

Here are my tips for finding the perfect summer job:

1. Build connections

Attend webinars, conferences and workshops in your intended profession. If possible, ask questions and spark a conversation with the presenter or other attendees and learn more about their interests or work.

2. Follow + Add on Socials

After meeting someone interesting send a friend request on LinkedIn or follow them on Twitter. Be friendly and also send a warm introductory message. For example, highlight something interesting about their presentation or express interest in learning more about the work they do.

3. Join any Groups or Associations

Find your niche of experts and see where they engage, socialize and find information. Many organizations have Facebook groups, follow certain Twitter lists, send newsletters or even have their own membership portals. This is a great way to have an "in" on the latest opportunities.

4. Keep an up-to-date Socials

Stay engaged on LinkedIn or Twitter to showcase your professional interests, work or experiences. This is a great way to give insight on your knowledge, skills and abilities without having to wait for an interview. This helps demonstrate your abilities to the employer, your abilities beforehand.

2. Have your Resume Ready

Keep your resume up-to-date and polished with your most recent experience, education and volunteer work. Ensure your resume is tailored to the job you are applying for and showcases relevant experiences.Take time to update your resume periodically.

3. Say "Yes" to Opportunities

Be open to new opportunities as they arise and stay consistent to your values and your career path. In most cases, employers like to hire and keep great people so after completing one project, it may lead to another project.

Keep in mind, everyone's job search is different and not all steps will be completed for every job opportunity. Best of luck!

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