New Year, New Beginnings: Career Coaches Advise on How to Jump-Start Your Job Search

New Year, New Beginnings: Career Coaches Advise on How to Jump-Start Your Job Search

Check out these tips from top career coaches to help you land a new job this year.


Ah, the new year. There’s no better time for new goals and fresh beginnings. If you’re looking to land your first job this year, here are a few tips to get you started.

Jump-Start Your Job Search 

1. Find the Right Career
If you’re still unsure of your career path, don’t be afraid to evaluate your talents and interests to pinpoint your ideal job. Employee engagement expert Chester Elton believes the beginning of your career is the perfect time to take stock of your desires, skills and strengths. He recommends assessments such as Myers-Briggs, Parachute and Pymetrics to get solid insights about the personality traits that could lead you to a great career. 

2. Spruce up Your LinkedIn Profile
Now is the perfect time to freshen up your LinkedIn profile to make sure recruiters and potential employers are seeing your best side. In fact, 75 percent of hiring managers report looking at LinkedIn profiles to learn about a candidate’s background. There are several easy ways to optimize your LinkedIn profile, including adding a photo, which will get you 14 times more profile views on average, and tagging a school, which can lead to 10 times more views.

3. Download the LinkedIn App for Students
Search for the latest jobs on the go and get great advice with the LinkedIn Students App. The app features a curated selection of articles, role suggestions, company recommendations and an Alumni Connect tool to help you learn more about what recent alumni with majors similar to yours are up to. Additionally, the Alumni Tool on the University Page can help you find useful alumni connections, as well as companies that hire graduates from your school.

Secure the Interview

1. Ask for an Informational Interview
Often, job listings on LinkedIn and other sites include the name of the hiring manager. Reach out to that person and ask for an informational or formal interview to get an idea of what the company is looking for in an employee and get a feel for the culture. The company might not have a job that’s a perfect fit for you right off the bat, but chances are they are always looking for good employees and will keep your resume handy if something comes up.

2. Work on Your Referrals
It never hurts to have an insider help you out when it comes to getting a job interview – especially since 80 percent of jobs are filled through referrals. Austin Belcak, founder of Cultivated Culture, believes referrals are one of the most effective ways to land an interview and get hired. When you have a specific job in mind, Belcak recommends reaching out to someone at the company who could have an influence on who is hired.

3. Find a New Networking Opportunity
Plan to attend a mixer or join an alumni club to meet new people who might be able to point you in the direction of your dream job. Career fairs might seem stuffy, but they can be great places to meet hiring managers, share your resume on the spot and quite possibly secure an interview. Additionally, use your school’s resources to find alumni groups in your area and search the Internet for other networking or general-interest groups in your area.

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