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Getting Hired the First Time: Tips for Career Starters

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Tips for Career StartersIf you’ve recently graduated and are waiting to build your career path, prepare yourself to experience some challenges in finding a job. Even if you don’t have much experience, don’t let this stop you from applying for the job you really want. Yes, it can be difficult to get hired if you haven’t established yourself yet. However, there are some things you can do to jazz up your resume and make companies want to hire you. Therefore, we present to you a list of helpful hints for career starters:

  1. Master the art of the job search. Looking for a job requires a great deal of effort on your part. Make sure your resume looks professional enough for you to be taken seriously by employers. When called in for an interview, prepare for many different interview questions and know how to answer them confidently. Always look your best and arrive early. Keep in mind that first impressions really do last, especially for hiring managers and recruiters.
  2. Write your cover letter as professionally and perfectly as possible. You can search online for some tips on how to write an excellent cover letter (and of course, Interview Success Formula can help you with this!). You must always sound sincere and excited to apply for the job. Don’t use a generic cover letter; instead, tailor your cover letter to the particular job you’re apply for.
  3. Volunteer to add to your experience. If you have the time to do so, do some volunteer work for different organizations. Doing this expands your network and helps develop your skills. You can also try setting up a blog that will be relevant to your career. Add this to your resume, and you’re good to go.
  4. Include some of your worthwhile experiences in your resume. You may have attended a seminar or training, been involved in the community, or even developed a blog of your own. Include these details in your resume to give the employer an idea of your skills and work ethic.
  5. Create a LinkedIn account. It’s fine if you still don’t have a professional profile; just use this platform to connect to all the people you know. Doing this helps you keep track of where to apply and which companies are currently hiring. LinkedIn may also give you access to industry experts and help you get started on your career.
  6. Make changes in your online profiles. Don’t forget how easy it is to search for a person’s profile online. To avoid misconceptions about you, clean up your social media profiles and delete inappropriate pictures that you’re in. You don’t want your future boss seeing you in compromising positions.
  7. Take advantage of technology and connect. Nowadays, there’s simply no excuse for not reconnecting with your old pals. Network with your fellow alumni and ask if they’re aware of any jobs that would be a good match for you. You never know when a great opportunity will come knocking on your door.
  8. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you feel embarrassed asking for help from other people when looking for a job, don’t be! There are a number of people who will be more than willing to help you get hired. Networking is normal, and being afraid to ask for favors is a thing of the past.

With all of these ideas in mind, it’s time to put everything you’ve learned into action and start the journey toward your first job. Be patient, be persistent, and you’ll be employed before you know it.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.