And now, with graduation and celebrations way behind you and summer almost over, it is time to step into the real world – and find your first real job.
Leave the worrying behind! Instead, focus on an optimistic view of your future – and follow these tips on how to get started:
1. Don’t be a Headless Chicken
While it is so easy to fall into the trap of mass mailing your resume to a thousand employers, take the adage “Don’t work hard, work smart” to heart. Do your research and look into the application requirements, average hiring salary ranges, peak hiring schedules, and preferred skills of your aspired industry. Application deadlines are different for each one, and sending it out without knowing when is best to do so might just put you under a pile.
2. Beef Up Your Skills
Academic background may be a big consideration among employers, but skills and experience are a notable form of advantage in getting your first job. While looking for or applying for your first job, consider taking up related courses or industrial placements to not only make your resume look better, it also hones the attributes that would match your compatibility with your job of choice. If you are not able to land an internship, go for something non-committal so it would be easy to de-prioritize in case you get a call back. Look up language or computer classes, travel, or volunteer. It’s all about providing your future employer the perception that you are not only experienced, you are also a highly motivated individual.
3. Don’t Ignore the University Boards
Whether you are still walking the college halls or have just graduated, find the career assistance office or alumni groups for your course. It is common knowledge that companies reach out to academic institutions to provide both employment and internship opportunities for their students. However, I recommend for you to maximize the seminars, orientations, and even the offered one on one consultation. Being able to show an active interest in your future (without sucking up!) among these offices can not only give your industry specific knowledge, it can also score you a recommendation should an opening comes.
4. Consult a Professional
Going through an agency is a definite advantage if you want to get ahead and worry less in finding a job. In fact, there are industry specific placement agencies which are able to boast of having the right connections for your desired career. Being industry specific, they are also top of mind by employers in finding new hires. It is also worth investing in other professional career services such as resume writing,especially if you lack the confidence in your first CV or current background. If you are able to put your money into this kind of specialized service, a little professional help can truly go a long way.
5. Check Your Network
I don’t mean simply asking daddy for a job. Part of the entire academic experience is building strong relationships with your professors, classmates, family and friends. Leaving the university grounds does not include leaving them. Get in touch with them in an honest and personal manner, and seek mentorship and support from them. There shouldn’t be any shame in asking them to keep you in mind in case they hear of any opportunities as long as you keep it sincere and of course, mutual. The first few steps on your career ladder will be rough, and it would not hurt to have a few people propping you up towards your goal.
If you keep a positive outlook and follow these steps in looking for your first employment, you are sure to get a head start in your career path in no time.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Ms. Career Girl!
About the Author: Abbi Gabasa is the Managing Editor of MsCareerGirl.com. Having the background of a Marketing and Public Relations Manager with years of professional experience in various industries has given her an insightful perspective on careers, lifestyles, relationships, and human behavior, which she humorously applies in helping people through her writing. Abbi is a big advocate of children’s charities, women empowerment, optimistic thinking, and slow Sundays.