The International Labor Organization reports that though the employment recovery now is strong as the economy is gradually returning to normal, it will still be insufficient to close the gaps created since the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic. We could expect the opportunities to get a job to be tougher this year compared to the pre-pandemic period. This situation should only challenge job seekers to present their best selves even more convincingly to prospective employers.
In good or bad times, the goal of the job hunt process has always been consistent. It is to persuade employers to recognize the value you offer them and prove you are most deserving of the job than your competitors.
Tips that Will Help You Get Your First Job
Preparation is the key to landing your first job. Successful candidates are usually better prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically compared to mediocre applicants. Follow these steps to let you get your desired first job.
1. Have a self-assessment and set your expectations.
By knowing yourself better, you will be better prepared and have a stronger will for the battle ahead. Take stock of yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses, the unique value you could offer, and what do you desire?
2. Network, network, network.
Network at every opportunity. Many opportunities come from the leads provided by other people. Tap your friends, family members, former schoolmates, etc. You’ll never realize how valuable the information they could provide you could be and the influence they could exert in your job search.
3. Put together an impressive resume.
Your resume is your first connection to the employer. It should be put you in the best light. Make sure you tailor it to every position, free from errors, and it speaks well of yourself.
4. Make a list of places to apply.
Shortlist the job opportunities and companies you want to apply to, considering the criteria for your type of work, employer, location, etc. You may consider the job for the experience.
5. Be prepared for rejection.
Don’t lose heart when you get rejected in your application. Almost all applicants experience rejection on their first few attempts. Be positive and let your failure motivate you more to do better.
6. Prepare for the interview.
On many occasions, the job interview is the clincher in the job hunt process. Prepare to answer some challenging interview questions you will be asked. During the interview, exude self-confidence and demonstrate your eager desire to work with their organization.
7. Your appearance matters.
Dress appropriately. Dress for success. Your appearance can make or break your job application.
8. Follow up with the employer.
Following the employer up after the interview will let them know you’re serious with your application and your interest in their company.
In these more difficult times, you must put in more preparation and effort in marketing yourself to prospective employers through the job hunt process. Good luck!