After all the years you spend studying, graduation day may feel like the first day of the rest of your life. When you submit your CV however, it is met with either no response, or you being told that you need more experience. So how do you land your first job when each company requires that you have experience in your chosen field? Here are 4 tips to get your foot in the door so you can obtain your first job!
Networking is a great way to make professional connections that could lead to a first job. Join student and professional organizations based on your career objectives. Each interaction you have with people in your career field could foster a new relationship, and can get you an interview for a job you really want
Brush up your CV
Be be creative with your experiences. Think back – have you ever volunteered? What skills have you taught yourself? All of these things have the potential to show employers that you have the personality and skills to do well in a work environment. CVs also need to be tailored to the company you’re applying to. If you’re applying to different types of work experience – or for totally different placement roles – make several copies of your CV and make sure you send them the right one
Freelancing is a great way to show what you can do. You may have to do your first freelance job for free or low pay, just to gain the experience and positive reference. Freelance jobs can be as short as a day or two, to several months. Sometimes a job that starts out as freelance can turn into a full-time position. Employers not only want to see what skills you have, but also how dependable you are as an employee
Make use of LinkedIn
A professional online presence is great for any kind of career opportunity, whether it be a new job, speaking engagement or collaboration. A LinkedIn profile, done right, can help ensure that the good work you do is publicly recognized and that others know how to reach you with relevant opportunities. You can connect and interact with employers and employees at the click of a button. Before you do this it’s important your profile is up-to-scratch and is a true representation of your professional self
The next time you are told that you don’t have enough experience for the job you want, try using these four techniques to gain more experience. If you wish to view the job opportunities we currently have available, please click through to our job section