Job Searching

If approaching graduation, you should begin looking for full-time employment six to nine months prior to your graduation date. This will allow plenty of time to research companies, network, and apply for jobs.

If you are looking for summer employment, begin your job search in January or February. The best jobs are usually available early and there is a better selection of jobs to apply for. March Break is an excellent time to look for jobs, contact employers, and network. Remember that job searching takes a lot of time and effort; therefore, it is beneficial to start looking early.

Effective jobs searching is essential to obtain meaningful and fulfilling employment, which requires both time and work. Assess what type of employment is right for you and select the appropriate method and strategy of job searching to target the position you want.

Knowing yourself well is key to knowing what type of job and workplace suit you. Your time is valuable, and you want to spend it applying for positions that you will enjoy and that truly interest you. Begin by doing a thorough self assessment by examining your interests, skills, values and personality. Identify what type of work environment you enjoy and function well in. You should also identify what geographic locations you would consider living in or relocating to.

Research careers, companies, qualifications, and future job outlooks. By narrowing down the locations and types of positions you are interested in, you can have a more effective, focused and productive job search.

Networking/Accessing the Hidden Job Market

Research has shown that roughly 80% of jobs are not advertised, these available positions are considered part of the hidden job market. Networking to access the hidden job market to obtain meaningful employment can be much more effective than the traditional methods.

There are several ways to access the hidden job market by networking such as:

  • Employer Information Sessions - Informal presentations by employers about their company, what opportunities they offer, and what they expect from their employees. These sessions also give people in attendance the opportunity to have their questions answered by someone who works in the company. Visit our Calendar of Events to find out when employers will be on campus.
  • Career Fairs - Opportunity to network with multiple companies in one location to learn about the companies in attendance, what opportunities they have to offer, and what they expect from their employees. Career fairs also give people the opportunity to have their questions answered by representatives in attendance. Visit our Career Fairs section or our Calendar of Events to learn more about the career fairs that are hosted at UNB.
  • Information Gathering Sessions - Contact employers directly to set up a time to meet a company representative at their office. Go prepared with specific questions, stick to the allotted time frame, and thank the representative for their time. For more information on information gathering sessions book a one-on-one consultation with the employment counsellor.
  • Industry Associations - Get involved and join an association. Associations are a group of individuals who have common interests and goals directed towards their particular profession. Some sample associations include: The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, The Canadian Medical Association, etc. By joining an association you can learn more about types of jobs that interest you and get contact information of people who are well informed and connected within the industry. This may also lead to valuable networking opportunities within your professional field.
  • Recruiters - Also known as head-hunters, executive search firms, placement firms, or employment agencies. Recruiters connect employers and job seekers by working for a company to find qualified individuals to fill positions. Recruiters may be most helpful to people looking for a job in another location. Some recruiters may use these services to hire temporary positions as well.
  • Job Shadowing - A technique used to familiarize oneself with working conditions in a given field throughout a day or several workdays. Ask an employee who is doing work that interests you if you can observe them doing their work for a day. Take notes of the person’s activities, obstacles, and ask questions to obtain as much information as possible. This can help determine early on in your job search if a particular career path is right for you.

Other Resources

For more information on job searching view webinars in the Employment Toolbox, check out the Calendar of Events for upcoming workshops, check out our Job Bank, check out the External Resources,  or book a one-on-one consultation with the employment advisor.