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Job hunting as a new graduate can be challenging on your own, especially when you don’t have any work experience on your resume yet. The sea of applicants makes it even harder to stand out when you don’t have a list of outstanding achievements to compare with them. So how can you show yourself while job hunting to be the better choice without an established list of work experience or referrals? How do you find a job you love and can turn into a career through an entry level position?
The hiring corporations want to see examples of how you’re already working towards your goals. This is not the time to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Instead, you need to find ways to achieve those dreams without waiting to be hired. One effective way is to start volunteering with a company where you would like to be hired in the future. If you make efforts to think ahead while attending school, you can also check into intern positions, both paid and volunteer. This work prior to job hunting shows them you are willing to work for the experience value and that you have more drive than your average graduate.
If you want to get some advice on what the representatives of these corporations are looking for, you can also set up an exploratory meeting with them. Even though this is not a job hunting meeting per se, you can present yourself as someone trying to break into a field and needing answers on where you should focus your efforts. Make sure you thank them for their time and then put those suggestions to work. Later on, when you are ready to apply for a job, you’ll have a bit of history with them already established. Of course, if you find out what special certifications they look for, you can work on these in the meantime as well.
Once you have started job hunting, you’ll become more practiced at interviews as well. One of the areas where new applicants typically fail a job interview is at the end. Usually, this is where they ask you if you have any questions. The uninitiated see this is a final unimportant question and the time to leave. However, those who are knowledgeable about the opportunity they have just been given know it’s time to focus.
When you present them questions, make sure they are focused on the ways in which you could add value to the company. Find out what their goals are for the position of interest. Ask about challenges they anticipate in the coming year and relate these back to the qualifications and knowledge that you offer. These are topics that will turn a regular job interview into a job hunting force. It shows them that you’re interested not just in acquiring a paid job for yourself, but also how you can be a valuable and profitable addition to their team.
Good luck and congratulations! Though it will take some time and effort, these job hunting tips will help land you your first professional position in no time.