When finding someone your first job, there are many things that you can do in order to ensure that you get a position even in a down economy. However, these actions take a tremendous amount of work and, thus many recent college graduates don’t go through the proper steps to ensure employment.
Contrary to popular belief, finding your first job is more than writing a static resume and cover letter that you send out to jobs which you seem interested in. Rather, the best way to find your 1st job is to do the following:
1. Look through dozens upon dozens of open job listings keeping an open mind.
2. Assess the requirements that the employer is looking for. For instance, if you’re going to be doing web research on American history as part of the job, that employer needs to know that you understand American history and that you are effective at web research.
3. Learn the skills that you don’t have. Let’s say that you are only familiar with the Great Depression, well it’s best that before you apply you do some reading on the Civil War, WWI and WWII. Even though this may take time, anything worthwhile does.
4. When applying, list those skills in an area both on your resume and in your cover letter that the employer can see. Employers get so many resumes; don’t expect them to read every line. With a resume, you have less than 20 seconds to make an impression.
5. When invited for an interview, begin honing your interviewing skills. I suggest that you read books related to self-improvement, interpersonal relationships and general business. You will see your interviewing prowess go through the roof.
Meeting the Needs
At the end of the day, the key to getting a job is whether you can meet the employer’s needs via your skills and, through interviewing show that you are reliable, good to work with and are going to be an asset to the firm. That’s what finding your 1st job is all about.