Understand what’s happening in the industry you would like to pursue. What trends are happening. For example, are there more or less jobs? Are specific roles or functions affected? How is work being done?
Some of the places to get this information include sites that are sharing frequent updates and trends, including the Emsi Job Posting Dashboard or the Candor Hiring Freezes list. You may also want to review articles that are regularly offering updated lists of employers that are hiring, such as articles we have been sharing on our website from Handshake, LinkedIn, and the Muse.
You may also find specific updates through professional associations in your industry; a quick way to find these is to google “professional association [industry].” For example, if you’re interested in the music industry, you would type “professional association music” into google to see what associations appear.
The goal at this point is not to find job postings (if you do find them, save them), but to get an idea of how your industry is affected by current conditions.
If you’re not sure what industry you want to pursue, you may want to review the information on our industry pages, or use the tools within Focus2 (you can find this in Rutgers-Newark Handshake: Career Center—Resources).