Job Search Plan for Freshers!

According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process & made sourcing of opportunities easier for job seekers.

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Hiring in India is moving away from traditional practices and upgrading towards diversity, automated recruitment, remote working options with the advancement of virtual reality, artificial intelligence etc. Here is a list of quick suggestions to help you take full advantage of accessible resources and get meaningful employment opportunities.

Identify Skills & Interests 
First, your targeted job should objectively align with your skills, values & interests. To match your expected career goals, you need to know where you stand and what additional skills could help you get the job faster.

Sourcing the Opportunity
Once you have completed that task, you may start sourcing opportunities. There are multiple ways to do it -
 
Leverage social media & online communities- It starts with building and maintaining a good online presence on various platforms especially Linkedin. You may also use specialized community like Kaggle, Hackerrank etc. It solves dual purpose of sourcing opportunities and helping potential recruiters find you and evaluate your profile. The recruiters now days choose social media as a major verification criterion before shortlisting a candidate.

Expand Your Network- Begin with people you know, such as faculty members, friends, family, and acquaintances. By developing your network you can get introduced to your second and third network. You may also meet like-minded individuals through various seminars, workshops and joining online communities. LinkedIn is a very powerful tool to make such connects.

Seize the Job Opportunity 
After, setting your offline and online presence in place it’s time to reach out to the employers and get career profile screened by targeted employers. You can do it by -

Employer’s job page- After identifying the right organization and value you can provide, you may reach out to employers directly through uploading your candidature in the jobs section or getting in touch with key decision makers. This may take time to click but you can get access to premium opportunities.
 
Online job portals- With job and candidate hunting shifting online, register and maintain your profile on portals (relevant for your kind of requirement) e.g. iimjobs, Naukri etc. You can also register on full stack (career coaching + recruitment) platforms like Board Infinity to get career coached and connect with 140+ recruiters.
 
Seek personalized career assistance- Each career is an extremely personalized journey. You may get in touch with various career coaching and employment service providers to help you ease up the process.
 
Start Tip- Maintain and update your profile regularly, use keywords for better visibility, contribute to various social forums, connect with relevant people.