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What can I do to improve my chances of making relevant connections through 1st Gig?

Student Career Placement Consultant

While you have no way of knowing which employers have posted jobs on that would interest you, you should have some idea of the type of job that you’re hoping to find. The more you know about that type of job, and the more you are able to provide evidence showing that you meet requirements for those jobs, the more likely it is that you will get matched with one or more employers looking to hire someone with your attributes.

So just what skills will you need to demonstrate that you have if you want to get the type of job you’d like? First, you’re going to have to do some research. Use your school’s career center to help you find advertisements for jobs that interest you, and as you read through those notices, create a list of common requirements.

Job postings are going to list both general and specific skills that they’re looking for. By “general” skills, I mean skills such as written and oral communication, leadership, and the ability to work on a team that are generalizable to just about any position. “Specific” skills often refer to technical skills, such as familiarity with particular software applications,  that are necessary for this job, but not necessarily for other jobs. You can learn more about the general skills that employers often look for in the Resource section of this website, but you should also pay attention as you do your research for the general skills that show up most often in your desired field. Once you have your list of the most commonly desired skills and traits, find ways to highlight those skills when you produce (or revise) your 1stGig profile.

Although it’s important that you be completely honest, your chances of making relevant matches will improve if you ...  

  • List all your relevant experience (internships, co-ops, part-time jobs) in the Work Experience section.
  • Check the boxes for “Any Industry,” “Any Type [Company], “Any Size [Company],” and “Any Compensation.”
  • Check the boxes in the Location section of your profile to indicate your willingness to travel, work remotely and relocate.
  • List all your general and specific skills in the Skills section.
  • Include any knowledge of languages other than English in the Languages section.

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