Are you among those college seniors and recent graduates who are seeking their first “real” job and finding it nearly impossible to even get an interview? Let’s face it, the competition is stiff!
It can be a daunting prospect for many, but you can reach out to people and be rejected – that’s a fact of life, No Risk, NO Reward.
However, you can take charge of the process by following a few simple tips to get your career off to a positive start
Skills always win….Yes, even over charm and charisma Identify your relevant skills, focus on an activity that you have previously performed – whether in college, as a hobby, or a volunteer position and that was both challenging and instructive and list the skills you had to employ to perform it.
Don’t rely on a resume…Too much A resume is a good first step to get your foot into the door but showing is better than telling. Create a portfolio that represents who you are and what you stand for, which you can add to your social profiles where hiring professionals will go and check you out, anyway.
Don’t focus primarily on money….if you are really good, it will find you Discover the work that calls out to you and start doing it. If you are just in the “game of work” for money and title, you’ll never feel completely fulfilled or satisfied.
Research your target companies…as much as you can Know about those companies that appeal to you. If you are excited about the potential of working for the company and have clearly done your research, it will make you extremely appealing and different from the rest.
Structure yourself for a specific opportunity….rather than jumping into all Search for an opportunity that will help you gain progress in your career. You need to have a clear understanding and expectations which meets your future career goals.
Tap your network…everybody knows somebody Tap on the people and professionals you know who could help you open doors to ideas that you haven’t thought of. Make a list of such people and gain some good knowledge about your industry.
Create a video resume… for your personality to shine If you really want to take it to another level, create a video resume. If a hiring manager has two candidates, who are equally matched on paper, but one has a great personality and the other has no personality to speak of, who do you think will get the job?
Job hunting is not for the faint of heart. It will take time, effort, and disappointment. Know your worth, sell yourself, keep moving onward, and above all, keep it professional.