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How to Find Your First Job

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Getting your first job is a time of growth and freedom that you will love. Today’s job market is tough for everyone. This is especially true for anyone who has little to no job experience. When you are competing against other people who have more experience can make the task of seeking employment a bit more difficult than it used to be.

 

There are some very basic strategies that you can use to make this process go much more smoothly. Most people in your current situation will not do the leg work to learn all that they need to know about how to find their first job.

 

Step One

 

Create a resume. The truth is that you might not officially have to have a resume to get a first job. However, having this work already done will make filling out applications much easier. This is because the information like your schooling and the dates will be right there in front of you.

 

Having a resume will also make you look more professional than other applicants. Even if you are only trying to get a job as a cashier, you want to present as professional appearance as you can.

 

You might be worried that you do not have a lot of things to fill your resume with. While you might not have a list of positions that you have already had, you have skills that you focus on. By focusing on the skills that you have and adding in some volunteer work, you can easily have something great to show a prospective employer.

 

Step Two

 

Make a point of spending time every day looking for and applying to employment ads. One of the things that you need to realize is that job hunting is a numbers game. For every 10 applications that you submit, only a certain percentage will call you in for an interview.

 

A good idea is to start out with a minimum number of applications to submit a day. You could start with at least 5 a day and work your way through the process with this.

 

Step Three

 

As you are looking for positions to apply to for getting your first job, you want to go outside of the regular means Going through job websites like Monster is great and can give you many places to look. The thing is that this is also where everyone goes when they went employment.

 

One way that you find places to apply is to go to places that you frequent and ask if they accepting applications. If you like the place, this will make your working experience better. You can also use this cold approach with companies and industries that you think that you like to work with.

 

Now this next idea might sound old fashioned, but networking can be your lucky charm in this journey. Talking to friends and family and seeing who knows someone that is hiring can be just thing to get your foot in the door.

 

Step Four

 

As you are submitting your resume, you are going to want to keep track of where you have put your name in for employment consideration. You can do this in a notebook or even on a simple spreadsheet on your computer.

 

You are doing this so you will be able to keep track of who calls you back for an interview and following up. You want to make sure that you sound like you remember applying to someone when they call and talk to you.

 

Step Five

 

Following up with companies that you have applied can be a way to make sure that you get looked at. A couple weeks after you submitted your information, you can call the human resources department of the company. All you need to do is to say that you are checking on the status of your application to get the ball moving on your first job.

 

Step Six

 

When you get called in for that all important interview, you are definitely on the right path to getting your first job. Now it is time to do some prep work for this all important meeting. The impression you give and the way that you answer questions will be the deciding whether you are hired or not.

 

This means studying up on interview tips so that you make sure that you ace this moment. With the right strategy, you will wow the person that you sit down and talk to.

 

Step Seven

 

Negotiating a salary is part of getting your first job. When a company calls you and says that you got the position, you do not have to accept it. They are offering you employment. If you do not like the terms, you can decline.

 

Many first timers are so excited that they forget to even ask what they will be making an hour. Make sure you know what the going rate is for the employment that you are seeking. This will help you to make a realistic decision on what you would like to earn an hour. There is also the possibility of negotiating your shift in some companies.

 

There are so many things to think about when you are trying to get hired for your first job. You need to decide if you want to go full or part time. Is this a career or just something to hold you over as you get through school?

 

You will be very happy when you start receiving that first paycheck once you have gone through this process. Remember that now that you know the steps that you need to take you if you ever need to seek employment somewhere else. These skills are very important to have and now that you know what you want to do, you can repeat and perfect them.

 

To add to your ability to get hired by the companies that you are applying for you might want to do a bit more research on getting employment

 

More Reading on Seeking Employment

 How to Dress for a Job Interview

 

 


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