1. Start looking as early as possible to organise and prepare yourself
You must take into account the schedules of both the companies and your courses. Whatever you are looking for, you should start looking at least three months
before the start of your apprenticeship contract.
In order not to lose time and send applications into the void, you should set specific goals for yourself and be organised. What works the best? For example, you could use reverse scheduling to display
the time you need for each task.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of steps to find a company before the start of the school year:
- Define the type of position you are looking for, related to your training: field of training, geographical area, missions you are looking for...;
- Know the type of apprenticeship contract you are looking for, depending on your graduation level;
- Look for companies that are recruiting;
- Write a personalised CV and cover letter;
- Send a follow-up email to the recruiters you have contacted.
2. Target your research
Before sending your application to hundreds of companies, you need to define your professional project. Are you able to describe your project precisely? This could help target the companies and positions as accurately as possible.
Remember that this first professional experience will be a significant first step in your future job search. Therefore, you must choose wisely.
First of all, what interests you? Which professions? Which fields? Which type of company? Then, which skills would you like to mobilise? Write, calculate, organise, animate, exchange, convince... What do you feel the most comfortable with? This can help you target fields and missions.
3. Ask your personal network
- Are you looking for an apprenticeship? Mention it! Do not hesitate to use your LinkedIn profile to prospect and get in touch with companies.
- Your family (parents, cousins...), close circle (friends, neighbours, etc.) or local acquaintances (local traders, doctors...) may be able to do something for you.
- Feel free to contact your school or university’s alumni network. Most of them once struggled with finding an apprenticeship as well, so they know where you are coming from! Maybe they can share your resume in their company.
4. Use the web tools
LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, blogs... All these tools can be valuable assets to find an employer.
Use them wisely and take care of your image: if you want the recruiters to notice you, your e-reputation
must be flawless! Beware the party pictures…
Now that your online profile is ready, get in touch with your acquaintances; then, expand your network by contacting professionals you met at fairs or in class. Follow the accounts of the companies you are interested in: keep up to date with their news, their apprenticeship offers in real time... So you can be among the first applicants!
5. Do not overlook any company
Do not only go for the “big shots”: corporations are not the only ones that hire apprentices. Think about the small and medium businesses. Little or not at all known, these companies struggle to find applicants for their positions. However, they often offer more varied missions, with more responsibilities than that you can be offered in big companies with compartmentalised organisations. That being said, corporations are good experiences: you will benefit from an ordered system and from advantages as part of a big company.
You can also meet interesting profiles for your network and your CV, because no matter the missions you do, the name of a corporate is always more impactful than that of a startup.
So, weigh up the pros and the cons before choosing between a small and a big company!