Helpful Tips for Finding a First Job

Helpful Tips for Finding a First Job
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    No matter what your background is or what field you’re trying to get into, the job search can be intimidating—especially when it’s your first time.

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The job market is always changing, but there are some general rules that can help you on your way to that dream job. Here are some tips for finding your first job.

Networking

From introductions to references, everyone needs a network. Employers prefer hiring people who come with a good recommendation, especially when that person is younger and has less experience. Of course, knowing someone who works or has worked in your dream job is ideal, but that isn’t the only way to network.

Let your family, neighbors, teachers, or other mentors know that you’re searching for a job. You never know what kind of contacts and opportunities they have, and you might end up doing and enjoying something you had never considered.

No matter what, getting a foot in the door is half the challenge, and having a supportive network can be a great help.

Beyond the Papers

You can have the best resume and cover letter in the pile, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to get the job. Competition in the job market is high—get your application in early to make yourself stand out.

Most of the time, companies don’t wait until the application due date to start reviewing applications. If you want your resume to be seriously and thoroughly considered, submit it as soon as possible.

When you land an interview, come in prepared: do your research on the company and the position. You should also have well-rehearsed answers to standard interview questions and a list of questions you want to ask your interviewer. Be responsive, engaged, and curious throughout your interview to show your commitment to this role.

After a Good Interview

Few people focus on what happens after they interview. A phenomenal interview doesn’t necessarily mean the process is over. You may have to interview with different people, complete skill tests, or take other steps for the application. For some jobs, you’ll also have to pass a background check before they make you an offer.

You want to continue to stand out by remaining professional and enthusiastic about the role throughout the entire process. Before you leave the interview, be sure to ask about the next step in the process and get your interviewer’s contact information. Follow up with a phone call or email the next business day, and thank them for their time. This shows that you’re courteous and restates your enthusiasm about the opportunity. It will also make you more memorable to your interviewers.

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