JOB HUNT / 11 December 2018Qualities Graduates Should Possess While Applying for a Job
So college is almost over, and you're looking to start "adulting." The first thing you're looking to do is find that job you've always dreamt of. But how exactly will you get there? Well... it will be quite a journey, but it doesn't last forever (although the fruitful aftermath will).
We all know how stressful the job search can get, and how frustrating the whole situation is. Lucky for you, we're here to help! The following 10 tips will surely ease your job searching experience and will help you find the perfect job. Follow these tips and always remember to stay focused.
Decide what kind of job you'd like before you start: this sounds obvious, and it is. But important nonetheless. Are you looking for a marketing position? Sales? Full-time? Internship? Know what it is you're looking for and this will save you tons of time, by eliminating useless options.
Do research: this one is crucial. Look up the companies that interest you and find out how employment there is like. What are the benefits? Days off? Culture? Pay? These things are all crucial when it comes to looking for and choosing the right job. These should always be the first things you look for.
Apply to multiple places: don't be confident that you'll be safe with one or two applications. You should send applications to many places to increase your chances. It's easy to apply to many places in today's digital age, so the risk-reward is definitely there.
Polish resume: make sure you have a nice and well-organized resume. Make it easy to read and sell yourself as much as you can. You will be judged off your resume so treat it as such. It's all your employer knows about you before they meet you. In today’s age, it is also important to create a digital profile. Having a strong resume has also been proven to help raise chances of landing a job.
Letters of recommendation: many job applications nowadays require having letters of recommendation. Even if a company doesn't, it looks very good to send some in anyways to back up your credibility and get your experience certified by a previous employer. It's called professionalism.
Widen your options to multiple positions: the more positions you search for for, the more job opportunities you will have. It's that easy. You never know if something interests you until you give it a try. Don't limit yourself to a specific field and position, be open minded.
Get experience in the meantime: while you wait for replies, take on an internship, volunteer or shadowing opportunity. The more experience you can add to your resume, the better. ProSky’s online training courses are a great example of this. Also, you'll be better prepared for the tough workforce when you enter it officially.
Cover letter: whether they ask for it or not, you should include a cover letter detailing why you're the perfect fit for the position. Make it specific and sell yourself and your skills as much as possible. This is an easy way to stand out from the other applicants.
Check up on the application: constantly check your emails, and the application websites so that you can be updated on your status. If something seems fishy, check in with them. It’s always good to know the status of your application in case any additional documents are needed from you. You don’t want to be late on the deadline.
Stop stressing: your application has already been sent, chill out and relax. Stressing won't change anything in the results, promise. The response will arrive shortly. If the response isn’t what you had hoped for, here are 10 tips for bouncing back.
These 10 tips, if applied seriously, can really help out with job seeking. It's going to get stressful and nerve-wrecking but it will end soon and you'll be working in that corner office with ceiling-to-floor windows in no time.
Good luck with your job search.