If you are a graduating student finding a job is a top priority. There is also a good chance you have a strong source of potential job leads that can help you score a gig right on-campus! Here are a few ways you can tap into the hidden job market as graduating student:

1. Alumni

Chances are your University or College has many former graduates. It is a good idea to reach out to former alumni individually or contact the alumni association on campus. These people are experienced, in positions of management and ownership and always looking for talent especially if they are from their old school.

2. Student Union

Student Unions have awesome connections for students. Contact them before you graduate and see if they have any connections with other associations, businesses or non-profits that are looking for someone like you. A bonus is being part of a Student Union and being directly linked to helping students–you can continue there with a bigger role even after graduating.

3. Career Centre

The Campus Career Centre is a free and great resource to visit as a student or as a graduate. They can help you find a job, and also have some connections in the community and hidden job market. It is a good idea to sit down with an employment specialist to assess your options.

4. Faculty

Yes your teachers can be a great pathway to amazing career opportunities! They are sometimes experienced professionals in fields and if they know you, like you and are familiar with your work–can give you sparkling recommendations or even put you directly in touch with a job lead. Be sure to keep in your professors’ or instructors’ good books!

5. School Sponsors

Every University or College these days have major sponsors whether it be a soft drink brand or a digital tech firm–the list is varied and long! And campuses’ usually have several of them who have donated monies to expand the school in some way. These companies are familar with your school and its demographics–so why not try reaching out to a hiring manager and seeing if they have any entry level positions available? Doesn’t hurt to try!

6. Campus Clubs

We’re you a part of a campus club or association like the school newspaper or Student Business Club? First off these clubs give you a great start to cut your teeth before you head out into the real world. You meet like-minded students and can build a great network of talent and professionals which in turn can help you land a job after graduating.

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