Your first job is your first step towards your dream job. So, how to land it successfully? Allow us to offer you couple of recommendations suggested by different managers and decision makers in the job market.
Where and How to Get Hired
As a start your university guidance office and instructors can be a great beginning to look for a job, and a better choice would be to get matched via recruitment agencies, job portals or social media platforms available in your country.
Don't give up if you can't find a job right away. A job search takes persistence and patience. It's important to keep trying, because a potential employer will notice if you have the determination and the drive to find a job.
Consider accepting minimum wage jobs
When you are just starting out and haven't been at a real job before, the best type of position to look for is one that doesn't require formal skills and experience. Be notified that you can't expect high salaries for entry level jobs. For which skills would they pay you yet anyway? On the other hand employers of young job seekers are willing and accustomed to training their employees. In fact, training is usually part of the orientation program that employers provide to new hires.
Moreover, once you land a job, try to invest some over time to learn more about the job you’re occupying, the company and its products.
With a little initiative – and the willingness to work conscientiously at jobs that initially only pay minimum wage, you can begin to establish your reputation as a competent and dedicated employee.
This work experience, as well as the positive references you can collect from employers who are satisfied by your performance, will help to ensure that future employers will be interested in you as an attractive job candidate.
Work for the experience
Don't be too quick to turn down a volunteer position as your first job. Don't limit yourself to your dream job or to the first job that comes along. Broaden your thinking to include as many options as possible. Start with your interests and consider all the possibilities.
Sometimes the best compensation is experience - and future employers love to see volunteer experience on your resume. Sometimes a job might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it puts you in contact with people or organizations that might help you in the future. For example, working as an office clerk might not be the most exciting first job, but it might enable you to shadow someone in a job that interests you.
Be Prepared for the Real World
It's important to have realistic expectations about your first job. After all, you are just entering the job market and you’re competing against other fresh graduates and sometimes people who have more experience. Don't get discouraged, but know what to expect.
All the above being said you should know that it’s not about swallowing one’s pride so much as about adjusting what that pride represents; not a job title, but knowing that you are building solid grounds.
The Business Lobby Team