When you’ve packed your room, grabbed your diploma, thrown your cap high in the air and you’ve had the last shots with college friends, reality begins to set in. Summer break is no longer a break—now you’re an adult, and it’s time to find a job. Sure, finding a job is a challenge. But there are a few things you can do to get a leg up on all your fellow classmates who are now your competition. So have a read of these 5 job hunting tips to help you land your first job.
5.) Start Small
After all the speeches and well wishes at graduation, you think you’re going to take over the world, right? Sometimes it helps to think a little smaller. You may have a picture of your ideal starting position, but don’t ignore opportunities further down the ladder. Even though you’re no longer a student, you can still take an internship, or a basic office position, to get your foot in the door at a company you really like. It’s also a good idea to look outside your desired field. Even a customer-service position can give you valuable time-management and communication skills that are useful in many other occupations.
Internships can be the perfect way into your chosen industry. Behave well, be enthusiastic and go above and beyond their expectations. This should guarantee you a fantastic reference for when you apply for a job or even allow you to progress to a position within the company of the internship. During internships, you either work for free or a very low wage so make sure that the company knows that you don’t see this as long-term by regularly asking about potential vacancies.