If you’re currently enrolled in a trade/tech school and nearing graduation, you should start thinking about finding a job where you can put your newfound skills to work and start a rewarding career. Below are our top five tips to help you find the job of your dreams.
1. Check in with your school’s career services department
Your school likely has a career services team that can help put you on the path to success. At J-Tech, our Career Services team provides a transitional program that includes resume development, job search tips, mock interviews and more, in addition to job placement services and a current list of open opportunities with local businesses.
2. Reach out to local employers
Create a list of potential employers near you that may be hiring in your field. Look at Google Maps, online business listings for your community, or even the local Chamber of Commerce site to find places that may be of interest to you. You can start by simply sending these businesses an email to inquire if they are hiring. If you don’t hear back within a few days, you can follow up with a call.
3. Network in your community/online
Take advantage of your own network of family, friends and acquaintances to help you in your search. Let everyone know what kind of work you are looking for and make connections via social media and other apps to help you contact business owners directly.
4. Search for jobs online
Regularly visit popular job sites such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter, and set up alerts to get emails about jobs that fit your criteria. If you do see a job you are interested in, apply ASAP so you don’t miss any opportunities. Use phrases like “entry level HVAC jobs” or “automotive technician jobs for new graduates” to help narrow your search.
5. Prepare for success
Look online for templates to create a professional-looking resume. Even if you don’t have job experience, you can build out your educational experience and training, and highlight specific skills you have acquired. You should also take an interviewing class and/or practice your interviewing skills so you feel poised and confident when meeting with potential employers.
Getting hands-on experience at an accredited trade school can prepare you for a great career in a range of industries. Check out J-Tech Institute and choose from programs like Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, HVAC-R and more. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our admissions department.