Strategies to land your very first Job
January 10, 2018
However successful you’ve been in your studies and internship, landing your first real job is always a challenge. How can you prove your skills with no real prior working experience? In this post we offer some steps to achieve the much-needed starting point for your career.
Making relationships with people both in and outside your field is essential. The sooner you start, the better, although it’s never too late. Getting others to know you and your skillset will raise your chances of receiving notifications and even incentives about available jobs. According to a recent survey, 85% of jobs are filled thanks to networking. Use all channels available, both online and off. Be conscious of your online presence and make sure that your social network profiles do not reveal any details your potential employer, or you, would rather not see. Going out and meeting people works best when you don’t have much solid experience to put on your CV. Personal encounters give you the chance to leave an impression and demonstrate that you can do the work.
Even if your CV is not so impressive in terms of prior positions and achievements, it is always possible to communicate your skills in the way you present information. Do all you can to avoid grammar and spelling mistakes. Use a proper e-mail address that includes your name and surname. Never try to make your CV longer by adding irrelevant data. On the contrary: be concise, persuasive and selective. Use action verbs, avoid long chunks of text, give your writing an easily skimmable visual structure. Make sure you tailor your CV to the position you’re applying for. Pay particular attention to the summary — find a way to communicate professionalism, creativity and growth potential, and all of this in the half second a HR person will likely spend on your CV.
Job interview to the point
The tricky thing with job interviews (especially your first one ever) is that, 1) they usually make you stressed, and 2) the more comfortable you are during an interview, the better the impression you leave. So do your best to calm yourself. Prepare thoroughly, but don’t overprepare — avoid the nerve-racking last-minute attempts to double-check that you keep all the relevant information in mind. In answering the questions, go by the same rule of pertinence that was your guideline while preparing your CV — avoid irrelevant information, give the interviewer what s/he needs to know and apart from that, nothing. Be confident, but not too self-assured. Be nice and don’t be too formal if the interviewer addresses you in a friendly and easy-going manner, though you should avoid being too familiar.
As you see, all of these simple rules are based on the art of communication — a crucial set of skills in any field. Follow them and if you’re ready to become a dedicated professional, you will not have to wait too long to kickstart your career.