Looking for a first job can be time-consuming and overwhelming. You’re starting out, becoming more of an adult, and it can nerve-wracking when you send that first application to your first potential job. However, with these tips, job hunting should be a breeze.
One of the most important things when looking for a first job is a resume. A resume is a document that lists all of your education, work experience, previous employment; as well as skills, references and any accomplishments. This document gives potential employers a summary of your qualifications and is often written in bullet points. Sometimes this the first thing employers will see, so your resume is a first impression in every sense. When writing up your resume, make sure it is updated and accurate.
2: Write A Cover Letter
Another important thing to consider when looking for a first job is having a cover letter to send to your potential employer along with your resume.While the resume is a summation of your skills and achievements, the cover letter is more detailed and highlights on certain skills and qualifications that are relevant to the job you’re applying. In other words, the cover letter is a sales pitch. You are showing potential employers why you would match the job’s requirements and be a good asset to the company. Make sure that your cover letter is concise and not too long, or else your potential employer could get bored and not finish reading it.
3: Research The Company
When looking for a first job and you come across one you want to apply, it pays to research the company. By researching the company, you will get a feel of what the company does and what their values and aims are. This will help you when the interviewer asks you what you know about the company.
4: It’s Who You Know
Looking for a first job is a daunting task, and you should never go at it alone; this is why building a network of contacts is a great idea. Not only will you have people who know you and will want to help you find a job, networking creates more job opportunities and will help you circulate your name in the industries you’re applying for. A great way to build your network of contacts is through creating a profile on LinkedIn and reaching out to people.
5: Prepare Questions Before Your Interview
Once you have applied for your first job and your application gets accepted, the next step is the interview. Before going to the interview, prepare some questions that the interviewer might ask you, including the common interview questions (what are you strengths and weaknesses?) and any personal questions (tell us a bit about yourself). Like with the cover letter, the interview is a sales pitch; so when possible, always link your answers to why you would be a good match for the job you’re applying for. After you have prepared your questions, you can do a mock-interview with a family member or friend – this will help you feel more prepared and less nervous when you sit in front of the interviewer.
6: Build An Online Profile
These days, employers can search you up on the Internet to get an idea of who you are, as well as what you can bring to the table. This is why building an online profile of your skill sets, achievements and qualifications is also important when looking for your first job. You can do this by creating a website where you showcase your abilities, as well as other social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc). Moreover, you can also create a LinkedIn account to boost your online presence.