Giannis Piotopoulos @WiPjobs Recruitment
Tips To Help You Find Your First Job
Now that you have your degree, you can only be happy as you have achieved another goal. The next step is to look for your first job. This step has a lot to deal with since you don’t know where to start. This blog is here to help and guide you in this endeavor. So here are some tips on how to find your first job.
Don’t panic if you don’t know your dream job yet.
There are people who know from an early age what they want to be in life. But that doesn’t mean that if you don’t know you should panic. Start with something you are interested in and along the way, you will find out what you really want to do. Besides, your first job doesn’t mean it will be your permanent job, it’s a start to find out what you like and doesn’t like 🙂
Create or renew your LinkedIn profile
Creating a LinkedIn profile or updating an existing one is a great step. In case you don’t know what to include in your online CV, you can start by adding some of your coursework, assignments, seminars, an award if you have received one, volunteer activities, your internship, and Erasmus experience if you have done one. In addition, it would be good to highlight some skills you have and add in the introductory part, a description of the subject you would like to work on in the future. Finally, don’t wait until you graduate to create your LinkedIn profile, the earlier you start the better, as you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the platform and grow your list of contacts.
Do an internship
If you have the opportunity during your studies, take the chance to apply for an internship. Earnings may not be ideal at first, but you will gain work experience and develop your skills. Many companies extend the contract after the internship is over, so this can be a good start. In case you have found companies you are really interested in, but they don’t seem to offer internships at the moment, feel free to send your CV. In the cover letter, you can let them know that you are interested in an internship at that company.
Expand your network of contacts
Networking is very important when looking for a job. Let your friends, acquaintances, and family know that you are looking for a job and you never know where a valuable opportunity may arise. At the same time, you can search for professional groups on social media that are related to your field. Your active participation in such groups can open new doors for you, and many companies post job advertisements in them even before they are made known to the general public. Another good solution is to participate in conferences that have something to do with the jobs you are targeting so that you can meet professionals in the field. Sometimes such events include networking events, so take advantage of them.
Take part in volunteer actions
Volunteering can be counted positively, regardless of its relevance to your subject. Besides, participation in volunteer activities reveals a person with high empathy and sensitivity for the community. These traits are valuable and always leave a positive impression on employers and recruiters. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and sensitivities and broaden your circle. This can also lead to a career opportunity.
Preparing for the Job Hunt
It is easy to get discouraged when rejections come back to you, but stay focused on your worth and the right position will present itself. Apply to as many things as you can, just because you won’t get[a response] from everyone; they receive such a high volume in terms of resumes from various students.
🔍 All in all, now that you have arrived here, you know how to get your first job. Every beginning is difficult but don’t let the difficulties discourage you. Take the right steps and good luck! 💫