It’s kind of crazy how quickly your life shifts between graduation, and post-celebrations. You have tossed your cap, waved your farewells, and accepted all the wishes from professors you got on the good side of…
But what comes next?
The scary thing is almost 1 in 5 graduates do not go after the job they just spend 5-years + in college for, which is a real bummer. The good news is through this article, we are going to make sure you beat the odds!
We will go through five tips to help you land your first job, which will give you the experience that you need to slowly start pursuing your dream job.
So, ready to get started?
You Are Going To Need A Pretty Nifty Resume
Imagine trying to board a plane at the airport, without clear instructions of which gate you should be waiting for… that would be a nightmare, right?
Well, the same thing goes for your C.V.
This is basically the gateway for employers to see your worth as an employee. It illustrates your skills and experience, amongst a few other things.
Which is why it’s pretty darn important to set up a knock-outC.V.
While writing up your C.V, be sure to keep things short, sweet and to the point. You want to reference your strong points, where you studied, and what you majored in, as well as anything else relevant to the job. Here is a guide to help you draft a remarkable CV and 5 bonus tips.
Time To Search For Opportunities
It’s all good that you have an awesome resume, which portrays everything you have to offer a business. But that’s no good unless you find a way to get it out to people that are interested in what you have to offer, right?
So, how do you find these leads?
Well, the first step is identifying what you want to do. Do you want to work on something that is related to your dream job, or do you just need to make some cash while you try to get your life sorted out?
Now we can go onto finding potential job opportunities to apply for. When it comes to searching for a job online, there are tons of opportunities. You can check out well-known job boards such as:
Of course, your network is your best friend. You can ask family and friends to get the word out there that you are officially out of school, and ready to hit the hustle. Finally, you can also look in the local newspapers. Usually, there is a classifieds page jam-packed with ads of people looking for new employees to fill their ranks.
Great! You Got Your First Interview, Now What?
Let’s say you got an interview with an awesome company, the rates are good. The hours are decent. All in all, you are pumped to land it and start.
Hold your horses, we are not there yet. First, we need to get you ready for the interview. So, what’s important to consider?
Research The Company
The first thing you want to do is to make sure you know all the vital information about the company. This will help show your initiative and desire to work for the firm. It will also give you an edge over your competition, who do not take the time to do this.
Make Sure You Have The Perfect First Impression
You have 7-seconds to either get accepted or rejected. Believe it or not, that’s how long it takes someone to judge you based on several factors. Such as your body language, attire, the way you carry yourself around the room, and more.
Be Honest And Positive When In The Interview
Remember, an interview is less about finding out about your qualifications and skills. Your resume handles that job. The entire point behind the interview is to give your potential future employer a chance to assess your character.
Which means you want to be as honest as possible. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have work experience as of yet. Explain you just graduated. Worried about not knowing what you will be doing? Ask if there will be on-hand training.
About the Author
Susan Ranford is an expert on career coaching, business advice, and workplace rights. She has written for New York Jobs, IAmWire, and ZipJob. In her blogging and writing, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance to help others understand different industries and find the right job fit for them. Find more of Susan’s work at Strategics360