5 Career Tips for Fresh Grad Job Seekers

Your early 20s were easy: You’re finally done with school and all that’s left is to find a good-paying job! Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite. After all, you’re not the only one who’s trying to get themselves into the workforce. The real world can get pretty brutal, especially if you’re aimlessly sending dozens of generic job applications. Fret not though, since we’re here to help you up your job seeking game using the following tips:

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  1. Submit a Good Quality Résumé

Recruiters sift through hundreds of cover letters and CVs throughout the day. So how will you be able to make your résumé stand out? First is to ensure that your CV isn’t only full of filler words. Use keywords from the job description of position you’re applying for to make yourself seem like exactly what their company needs. Also keep the information in your résumé clean and organized by using bullet points.

  1. Focus on Your Soft Skills

Since you’re just starting out and don’t have much professional experience to boot, emphasizing your soft skills on your résumé might work to your advantage. These skills are those that you may use at any job: communication skills, leadership skills, organizational skills, personality type and so on. Just remember to back up these skills with stories and examples by the time you get interviewed.

  1. Set a Timeline

During an interview, don’t hesitate to ask about the application process. Find out when you should expect to hear back from them. Knowing how long it’ll take for them to decide will allow you to set some time to be interviewed by other companies. That said, there will be hiring managers who’ll never contact you again, regardless of how well your interview went. Yes it’s annoying, but that’s how job hunting works.

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  1. Show Why You Deserved the Position

Now that you’re hired, it’s time to show your boss and colleagues as to why you deserve that position. A good way to do this is to show up early. Avoid showing up late at all cost as it’ll only make you look unprepared and unprofessional. Arriving early also allows you to get all the menial tasks done early and gives you enough time to mentally prepare yourself for the workday ahead.

  1. Update Your Résumé Regularly

Even if you’re still starting with your first job, make sure that you always keep your résumé up-to-date. When the time comes that you want to make some professional changes, you won’t need to go through everything that you’ve done for the last couple of years – and your future self will surely thank you for that.

Landing a job can be really challenging for fresh graduates. But by putting these tips to work and being true to yourself, you’ll definitely be able to take your first step into the workforce.

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