Fresh-Graduates: 9 Tips to Find Your First Job
So, you’ve finally decided to work. Either you’ve realized that you must start thinking about your career or you’re just fed up of taking pocket money from parents. Whatever your reason is of deciding to look for a job, this article will guide you to find your first real job in no time at all.
Here are 9 tips to help you land that much-needed first job.
Collect all obligatory documents
You might need your ID card, driver’s license or passport, depending on the type of job you’re applying for. Depending on your age or location, you might also require other things like a work permit signed by your parents or guardians before applying for job. Gather all obligatory documents prior to your job hunt so you’re well prepared in advance.
Put Together a Resume
Sometimes fresh graduates or teens are not required to submit a resume when applying for an entry level position and many of them won’t even have their resumes made. So why waste time when it’s not required? Job hunting is all about standing out from the crowd and showing good quality resumes so employers can give your application an edge.
Plan your Wardrobe
Time to forget all stylish and funky clothing and buy some formal-wear to look presentable at job interviews. Formal dressing at interviews make a good first impression to hiring managers which results in more chances to get hired. Dressing shows your personality image which can win you the job.
Develop a Job Search Strategy.
Develop a strategy about the kind of job you are looking for. Typical entry-level jobs can be found at different places like fast food restaurants, grocery stores, call centers, community programs, resorts and business offices. You don’t have to be limited towards hunting jobs. You can also look for something better or relevant to your own expertise and career interests.
Practice your Pitch
One of the best ways to predict your success is to judge your own abilities. Why do you think you’re the most suitable candidate for a particular position? Do you stand out from the rest of the people who might have applied to the same position? Make up your mind about what exactly you will be required to talk about during the interview and choose selective and unique pitches to impress the interviewer.
Spread the Word:
You should have strong networking skills in order to build contacts. Contacts are very important when it comes to finding job opportunities. Spread the word among your contacts that you’re looking for a job. Use social media networks to find any job opportunities and let people know around you know that you are seeking a job.
Apply for Jobs
Now that you have all your search material compiled, it’s time to look around and find the places you would like to work at. Start your day by sending your resume at as many companies as possible. If you think you’re not good enough for the job, don’t let that stand in the way of your application. Apply to any relevant job. You never know which company decides to hire you.
During interviews, keep good eye contact, behave well, and be confident.
Be Prepared for Competition and Rejection:
You may face a lot of competition around you from other fresh graduates or professionals around you. Job openings may not be as plentiful as in the past, so start your job search with an open mind. Since it would be your first time, you may face some rejections, but always look at the positive side. Rejections will teach you a lot. Next time, you’ll be better prepared and won’t repeat the same mistakes.
Accept the First Job you’re Offered
After going through several applications and interviews, you’re bound to get a job offer. Just accept it without thinking about salary or other concerns. Remember, beggars can’t be choosers. Whoever’s deciding to hire your without any experience is already doing you a favor. Accept the challenge and wok hard to gain some experience. Be on time and leave when your shift ends. Your first job experience will be invaluable. Learn from it as you go and once you’ve got a good amount of experience, you can start looking for better jobs.