How Do I Find My First Job?
If you’re a beginner job searcher, this book is a comprehensive guide on how to find your first job. It is a culmination of my experience as a employment specialist, I have used these strategies hundreds of times with my clients to land them their first jobs.
Job searching takes consistency, and it takes time. Some people can walk right into jobs, which is awesome, but for the rest of us, we need to have a smokin’ resume, interpersonal skills, and dedication to actually job searching.
Finding jobs online is pretty much the gold standard these days. Whether you use Indeed, Craigslist, LinkedIn or Monster, chances are your first step at job searching was getting online. But when you’re looking for a first or second job, it’s more important to have experience than several letters at the end of your name. Why? Because experience will almost always trump theory. People want to know that you’re capable. And capability comes with experience. Still, the first job search can be scary. I break down the concept of how to reach out to employers, build your network, and to beef up your poor poor resume in 5 Easy Ways To Get A Job For First Time Job Seekers.
If this sounds like you, then read on!
How to reach out to employers:
You’ve spent all this time getting your resume in tip top shape, but no one is looking at it. Things to check: is it making it through the ATS program? Does your resume have any spelling errors or incorrect contact information? And finally, did you put a copy directly in the hands of your hiring manager?
This isn’t always possible, but when you’re job searching it always helps to put yourself ahead of the crowd. Go to the place you want to work and ask for the hiring manager. Bring a copy of your resume. Introduce yourself, explain you’ve recently applied and give them the copy of your resume. Tell them you enjoy the work space and hope to hear from them soon. Reach out to shake their hand before you leave.
How to Build your Network:
If you’re looking for your very first job, you’ll soon learn that often it is who you know that gets you in the door. If you feel like you don’t know anyone, then it’s time to build your network.
I recommend starting with your current circle. Who do you know? Parents? Teachers? Friends? Good. Who do they know? Ask your people to introduce you to other people. It is an invaluable skill to have. When you introduce yourself to the person your friend/teacher/parent referred you, give a “elevator pitch” about who you are, and what you’re looking to do. Maybe you’re a recent graduate getting started in sales, or heading off to college for your bachelors and want to work with eco-friendly tourism companies during the summer. If they can’t help you, there’s a chance they know someone who can.
How to Beef Up your Entry Level Resume:
One of my favorite ways to do this is written about in the book. My next favorite way is to really examine your life. You didn’t get to your age just to know nothing. Soft skills are less important later in your career, but pretty much everything in the beginning. So mine your personal history and beef it up.
If you play sports, you have teamwork skills. If you love math, you can easily reconcile a till. Counting money is an incredibly important skill. Do you like to bake (and your food is actually good!)? Then you know how to follow directions. If you’re involved in any extracurriculars, have regular chores, or volunteer, these are all things you can include on your resume, and they’ll impress employers because it shows you’re making an effort to be a highly functioning adult.
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