As per a famous quote “The first step is always the hardest”. Apt for those hunting jobs as a fresher.
Landing a good job after finishing college is indeed one of the toughest tasks. It comes with numerous challenges :
- Not much to write in resume
- No hands-on experience to justify skills
- Very few openings for freshers in the job market
- Limited connections
- Tough competition
Finding a decent job amidst all these challenges is a big win. To secure a good entry-level job in these tough market situations requires a lot of efforts. At the end of the day, it is all about being a right fit for the role but having few things sorted out will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
Step 1. Have a vision for your career :
This is very important. Do a lot of research and understand how you want to grow in your career.
Having clarity and vision about your career will make you look confident and equipped with knowledge in front of the interviewer and it will also help you in making a good choice for your first job as your first job will further define your career.
This is something HR managers find lacking in recent graduates. They say ” Freshers desperately want any job without having any vision in mind about how this job will help them grow”
Step 2. Narrow your search :
Once you have a clear picture of your career in your mind. Do some market research and target a few companies who are working in your interest area. And give those companies preference in your job search.
Gathering information about those companies and people working there will help you in customizing your CV and preparing interview answers well in advance.
Step 3. An impeccable resume :
Make an outstanding resume. Make it clear, concise and readable as for fresher’s hiring recruiters get tons of CVs and they spend only a few seconds on a single CV.
Step 4. Creating a LinkedIn profile :
A lot of freshers don’t have updated LinkedIn profile. And even if they have, they don’t know how to use LinkedIn for their benefits.
- Connect with people working in companies you have narrowed down.
- Join different groups, take part in discussions.
- Request people to refer you to their companies or update you about new openings.
- Apply for jobs from LinkedIn.
Step 5. Networking :
Make connections with alumni, friends, and acquaintances and do not shy away in passing your resume to them.
Connect with people and solve your queries to get a more realistic sense of job conditions. More information you will gather about the work environment and culture more confident you will appear in an interview. Getting insightful information about workplace also helps you in framing relevant answers as per job role.
Step 6. Understand Job Requirement and Job Description :
Read the job description carefully and do research about the company and people working there.
Tailor your CV as per job description and frame some answers as per job requirement, this will help you appear inclined towards the job role in the interview.
Step 7: Practice makes perfect :
Before going for an interview, practice answers to some common interview question. Take help from friends, family to do a mock interview. More practice equals more confidence in the interview.
Step 8: Kill it in an interview :
Convincing interviewer about your skill set is one of the biggest challenges since you don’t have experiences or rewards to prove your potential so explain your transferable skills instead. How to do it?
You must have gathered skills or knowledge from projects, part-time jobs /training, so in an interview, you need to explain in detail how you will be able to utilize or transfer these skills or knowledge in the new job role. To make your answer more effective use examples, figures as much as possible.
Remember that there is no dearth of freshers in the market so creating a positive and memorable impression on the interviewer and proving that you are the most suitable candidate for the job role is your main task.
Step 9: Follow up after Interview :
In case of entry-level hiring, employers take a decision after evaluating multiple candidates so doing a strong follow-up after the interview is also a must.
- Mail ”Thank You Note” to the interviewer
- Write an email asking about further steps
- If you have acquired any new skill or certificate then inform your prospective employer about it
- Send a gentle reminder for feedback
Remember there is a thin line between gentle follow-up and annoying one, so try not to cross the line. Always choose to send an email to the interviewer rather than calling him.
Employers also need fresh talent in their organization. Ability to learn fast, zeal towards work and positive attitude are the most sought-after qualities employer looks for in a fresher candidate.
So securing the first job may seem daunting but it is not impossible, just be positive and give your best.
Also Read : What One Should Look For In A New Job