Whether you’re a recent college grad or you’re entering the workforce after a delay, trying to find that first job can be a daunting task.
Ideally, you’ve put in some time in connecting with others in the workforce, doing volunteer work, interning and possibly working a part-time job to make ends meet. If you haven’t been doing any of these activities, now is the time! While you can get a first full-time job without laying the initial groundwork, it’s probably the hardest way to do it.
If you have been preparing yourself for your career, consider the following tips on how to get your first job fast.
Make your ambitions known
Even if you haven’t done much formal, professional networking, everyone on social media has a network of people at their fingertips. The first step to landing your first job should be to let everyone in your network know that you’re looking for a full-time position. On Facebook, sharing your about finding a new job not only lets others know you’re job hunting, it can also be a great way to get support and keep your spirits up.
You should also share news articles and other content related to the job you are pursing. This can be especially useful on LinkedIn and Twitter, two platforms that lend themselves more to professional conversations and networking.
Spend time with your resume and cover letter every day
Your resume and cover letter shouldn’t be documents that you carve in stone. The more you work on them and talk with people in your field, the more you’ll be capable of framing your experience, skills and prospective value to potential employers.
Leverage your professional and academic connections
Many careers begin with an internship or some volunteer work. If you have some connections you made through these and similar opportunities, now is the time to reach out to these people. Ask them if they know of any opportunity, people you should meet or things you should be doing to land that first job.
Also, treat internships or volunteer work as valuable experience, and be ready to talk about how these experiences have played a part in your professional growth. Both internships and volunteer work should be listed on your resume, particularly volunteer experience that relates to your skill set.
For many people, the first job is the hardest one to get. Without any work experience, you’re asking an employer to take a chance on you. To stand out, you should be taking chances yourself: Write a cover letter that showcases your personality, develop an innovation using your industry knowledge attend industry networking events and introduce yourself to as many people as possible.
At Career Concepts, we regularly help people get into the workforce for the first time. Please contact us today to get your career started on the right track.