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5 Hints for the 1st ‘After-graduation’ Job Hunting

Graduation1. Define the direction. Hopefully, you had enough time when studying at college to figure out what you would like to do for a living. Otherwise, take some more time and make up your mind about the field in which you would like to build your career. Now. You cannot put it off any further.

Make sure you take all your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, interests and talents into consideration when deciding on that point. It is also a good idea to search for information on the fields that interest you and people who are involved into working in them. This will aid you in creating a better vision of the prospective job, and decide whether it appeals to you or not.

2. Research. Since you are already aware of the career you wish to take, you can proceed to looking for tangible companies that could offer you the employment you long to. It is extremely important to discover as many of those as possible, and scan all the available information on what exactly each company does, and whether it is stable or not.

You can find out much from the companies’ websites. However, each company strives to present their business in the best possible way as well as from the management’s perspective. Thus, specialized forum discussions and news archives should not be neglected – they often contain ‘real people’ opinions and light the things up from a different angle. The more you know – the better. Your part here is to shape your opinion as a third party’s one.

3. Get prepared. Each task anytime should be handled with the right tools. Your current task is to find a job, so the toolkit it requires is your resume, cover letter and portfolio. Remember, that the papers should cover your working experience, indicate your strengths and accomplishments clearly.

As for the CV, you may want to choose the functional type of it, because it rather emphasizes your talents and abilities than work record, unless you already have an impressive one. Often it is the best alternative for the first-time job applicants.

4. Network. Now stop wearing your pants out by mere sitting and waiting for HR managers to split your phone with calls! Networking is a job-seek tool sometimes blindly underestimated; personal contacts and social interaction helped a great many to find the desirable employment.

Give your CV to your family members, friends, older fellow students, professors, neighbors. Maybe they know somebody who could help you out in your quest.

5. Be professional. Put away your favorite jeans, sneakers and t-shirts; they will not do – no matter how nice they are. Buy a nice business suit to wear for the job interviews. Check if your email address and voice mail greeting correspond to the image of a professional – that is what you want to be for your potential employers. Also be ready for sudden phone calls which can flow into an interview.

Be smart. And never give up!