How To: Land Your First Job
Are you graduating soon or already graduated? If you answered yes, then you should be thinking about what the next step in your life should be.
First, you deserve to take a step back and reflect on the last two or four years of your education and take a breath because you finished! No more homework, essays, or professors you really just don’t like. Enjoy that for a moment.
Now, it’s time to start thinking about your future. You may be thinking that if you got a degree in communication you have to find a job only in the communications field. Wrong.
College was a learning experience that prepared you for much more than just what you earned a degree in (although that is highly important too).
What motivates you? What do you enjoy doing? Those are some of the questions you need to answer when thinking about what kind of career you want to pursue, because you will be more likely to give your all on a position you actually care about and want to succeed in.
Once you figure that out, then you can follow these simple steps to help you land that first, ideal job:
Don’t limit your networking to just LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a very useful tool that can connect you with people from all over the United States and the world, but you should not rely just on this outlet. Make use of the connections you have collected while you were in school. Connect virtually and in person with previous employers, professors and/or anyone else who could help you get your foot in the door somewhere.
Check and double check your application materials
Have your current or previous professors to look over your resume to make sure it is professional and up-to-date. You should have a general cover letter that they could also review as well. You don’t want to send out your general cover letter, you want to send a personalized and catered cover letter to different employers. Show them you are serious about the application and are aware of their specific position details as well as the company mission.
Do some research before interviews
If you want to create that “wow” factor and really impress the hiring manager, do your homework on the company. You have been doing homework and assignments for years now. You’re basically a professional at it and you most certainly can efficiently research at this point. See what the company has worked on, their current market standings, and company culture. If you know who will be interviewing you, it is good to know a little about that person as well. The more you know, the more you will be able to impress the company.
If you are able to follow these tips and complete a grand slam in the interview, you might just be able to land your first dream job.
Good luck and happy searching.