“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
Being an entry-level job seeker after graduating from college has the same feel and dynamics of enthusiasm to it just like when you first set foot in college. However, your dream job might be
too far away from your reach at the moment; and you’ll need to work in small and unglamorous jobs for a while in order to bridge the gap. But there’s always hope for you and all you have to do is to follow these simple tips to get there.
It is said that once you know the path you’re treading on, you will never get lost. Well, this idiomatic expression can be equated into a real life situation where “knowing” the path means researching the jobs in line with the career you want to make. Once you’ve found a particular job where you know you’ll grow securely, then apply for it.
- Patience is NOT a Virtue in this Case
Don’t wait for a job offer. Go out there and send as many job applications as you can until you’ll get noticed. Contrary to popular belief, getting a job is just as much serious as being in one, so you’ll need to step up your efforts. Understand that you’re not the only applicant and it may take a while for the HR to process your application. The good news is that you’re applying for jobs that you really like, so in case any one of these responded to you with a job offer, then you can go with it and just drop the rest.
- Develop your Networking Skills
You need to keep a sizable amount of contacts to get job leads and you need to keep in touch with them regularly too. In case you have only a few or zero contacts at the moment, then build it up immediately! You can always starts with your family and friends, then the circle goes further out from there. You’ll be glad to know that you will probably get at least 1 SMS or phone call from your contacts about a certain job somewhere. This will definitely increase your chances of getting hired.
- Don’t Neglect your Online Presence
Speaking of contacts, your social media accounts and other online portals can also be used as an extension of it. You can actually find job openings on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others and if you’re lucky, then you might even get in contact with someone working for the company who can help you know more about the company and what kind of candidates they’re looking for.
- Make your Job Search a Priority
Don’t like the job that you’re in now? Then do something about it! Prioritize your job application so that you can get out of your old job and get into the new one that you really like. How much effort you put into your job search means how much you desire for a new career. If you’re highly motivated, then you’ll get what you want eventually.
- Make your Cover Letter and Resume Interesting
If I were the hiring manager of the company where you’re applying for a job position for, then I would absolutely be interested in what you can do for the company. Sure you can add some personal details and other things that might be interesting, but I’d be mostly fascinated if you could walk me through how, in a year from now, you’ll make this company great. From this you can make a super interesting CV and resume.
- Do have Core Values
Companies will not hire you for your “jack of all trades” skills. No. They will hire you for your skills in a specific job that they posted. So, if you’re an admin assistant, then the things that drive you should be to help your boss make things easier to do. If you’re a quality assurance inspector, then your core values should be to focus on the quality of the products or services that the company offers. Highlight this in your resume and cover letter, then discuss it thoroughly during the job interview.
- Assume that All of your Job Application Submissions Will be Read
Don’t get sloppy in writing your job application essay and resume, because you never know that the HR might actually read it. In fact, they do read most of the entries most of the time and if you’ll get caught with erroneous grammar or bad arrangement of the information in your resume, then you will lose the chance of getting past the screening stage.
- Don’t Forget to Mention Any Relevant Job Skills that you Have
It’s not every day that people already possesses unique skills for the job that they’re applying for. Don’t be shy to mention it to the hiring manager, it may be the crucial factor that will make him give you a “thumbs up” signal and hire you. But more than that, it only shows that you will easily blend into their environment and do your job efficiently which is what hiring managers are often looking for in every applicant.
- The Job Search is Actually a Learning Curve
Just to help you set your expectations, the job search is 90% rejection and only 10% acceptance, so while you put your heart and soul into it, remember to treat it as a learning experience in order o not have huge emotional backlash from rejections. You job applications will most likely get rejected several times, but it’s not because you’re not good enough, it’s just that the company selected someone for technical reasons. The other guy might be more experienced than you, but don’t worry about it, you will get hired eventually.