Searching for your first job is an exciting time in your life. It’s also stressful, frustrating, and at times, disappointing. But in the end, it’s all worth it, as you land a role that’s an invaluable first stepping stone for your career.
Where should you start, to make your job search efficient and successful?
Have tailored resumes and cover letters for every position.
You may have one master resume, which is a great start. But be sure to customize it for each job you apply for. Also, pair it with a thoughtful, well-crafted cover letter that’s also tailored to each position. One-size-fits-all documents … don’t!
- Study each job description carefully and match your skills and qualifications to the qualities an employer is looking for. Think honestly about why you might be interested in a particular opportunity. Then, convey this message accurately and succinctly through your resume and cover letter.
Network, network, network!
You may not think you have a professional network yet – but you also may surprise yourself. Consider anyone you know who may be able to help you with your job search – including professors, alumni of your alma mater, friends, parents’ friends, fellow church members, coaches, and managers from summer or volunteer jobs, to name a few. Then, reach out to them all in a way that demonstrates your commitment and maturity.
- Many of the most desired jobs are never even advertised. Rather, they are filled via personal networking.
- Your goal at this point is not to ask outright for a job. Instead, treat each conversation as a way to gather more information and contacts.
- Now is the time to learn first-hand that networking goes both ways. What can you do for the person you’re networking with? For instance, you may be more adept at a new software or technology that could benefit them. See how you can help each other out. You may begin to foster a long-term professional relationship that will be beneficial to both of you.
- Don’t forget to join – and get actively involved in – your professional association. Along with alumni organizations, there’s no better place to extend your networking reach.
Have a dynamite personal website.
This is an excellent way to feature the skills and experience you do have, as well as showcase your personality to potential employers. This is your own “real estate” where you can easily post your updated resume, achievements, work samples and other collateral that may pique the interest of hiring managers.
- When someone refers you to a contact of their own, they can easily direct them to your site so they can learn more about you.
The expert career coaches at PrideStaff Modesto can help you with all these steps and guide you through your successful job search from start to finish. This includes making you part of our extensive job network, which is constantly in motion with new openings and opportunities. To get started, contact us today.