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How to Get a Job

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

3 Principles of a Successful Job Search

A good resume and a compelling cover letter are necessary for a successful job search when we talk about a successful job search. That is why most universities provide a career center that can help you build your resume and cover letter. In this post, I am going to discuss three essentials for a successful job search.

1. Start Now

Now. Yes, I mean it. Start your job hunting right now. It does not matter whether today is your first or last semester as a student, or you are a fresh graduate or need professional development. Start now is a simple step, yet, crucial. People often procrastinate their start. Start building your network from 2 to 3 degrees. And if you are a student, “don’t just be a student.” Be a proactive student. If you are seeking career development, “don’t wait for the perfect job.” Just like what Steve Jobs said in Stanford 2015 commencement:

2. Introspection and Extroversion

Eliminate and include through internal thought

Build your own story from your resume. Connect the dots of your pattern. Rational your path by sitting with your resume and experience.

Connect the dot

For example, Dr. Zafar Iqbal was a mechanical engineer 30 years ago. Now, he is a Marketing Professor. With his mechanical engineering degree, he can communicate the complexity. Speaking about Marketing and Complexity, “solving marketing complexity is not about just about getting the next campaign right. It's about a new philosophy of marketing strategy – a new type of understanding, where micro-changes in individual behavior yield large changes in macro results” (Icosystem). There are patterns everywhere in your life. Again, try to sit with your resume and ask yourself, “What is my story?” As you figure out your pattern, draw your line, believe your story, tailor your story to 2-3 minutes, talk.

Talk! Talk! Talk!

Now that you have a 2-3 minute story. Try to ask for feedback from your peers, set up an appointment with your professor, or set a one-on-one meeting with your colleague. Try to see if you have a fruitful conversation.

Don’t be afraid to start a conversation, especially if you are an International Student. Talk, even though you know that the company does not hire International Students. Why? Because you never know if they'd employ International Students in the future.

3. Apply the 50-30-20 Rules

Similar to the 50/30/20 Budgeting Rules, this rule requires networking, utilize the job finding platforms, and your application.

The most asked question before networking is…

“How do you network?”

Develop networks through friends, family, professors, alumni, and people in your LinkedIn network. You can start with a chat:

Dear NAME,

[Introduce yourself and your association]. I found your contact information through [your association office/an alumni/an event/a friend]. I want to respect your time—[Connect your education, experience, expertise]. I’d love to chat with you for 30 minutes of your time and hear more about what you do at [his/her company].



Other ways to network:

  • Early Coffee Session

  • Happy Hour Event

From here, continue building the relationship with your network. While you make your network, use your 30% to find job opportunities through Handshake (largest career community for students and recent grads), research, job fairs, and on-campus events.

When you are already set with your resume, have your 2-3 minutes story, list of networks, and applying for jobs should take only 20% of your job findings time. Now, it's time to start!

If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave a comment below.

P.S.: Shoutout to Kellstadt Marketing Group for hosting the event!


This article was originally published on November 12, 2019 | Featured on KMG


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