When it comes to landing a job, there are plenty of things that you should be doing. But if you’re like most people, or even just like me, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what exactly those things are.
A lot of us have this idea in our heads of the perfect job, and we want to get hired for it so badly that we don’t even know how to go about getting it. Well, fear not, here at NewsBitGh, we’re going to help you get ready for your first job.
We’ll show you exactly what steps need to be taken in order for you to achieve your goal and then we’ll tell you exactly how they can be done!
1. You can’t get a job if you don’t have experience.
You can’t get a job if you don’t have experience. Therefore, your number one goal should be to get as much experience as possible in whatever field you want to work in.
The best way to do this is by interning at your dream company or working at a startup. If neither of these is available, then look for temporary jobs that allow you to build up your resume and portfolio while also getting paid (like being an assistant).
To find internship opportunities and entry-level jobs without any requirements other than the ability to commit time and energy into those tasks, you will really need some connections!
2. You can’t get a job if you’re under-qualified.
It’s important to be qualified for the job you want. You should have the skills and experience needed to do the job, or otherwise show that you are likely to get them quickly.
Some jobs require a degree, while others don’t. If they do, it’s usually necessary to have completed at least some of your education before being hired by an employer as an intern or apprentice (though some employers may hire people with only high school diplomas).
If a company is looking for someone with computer skills, but has no particular preference regarding whether they have a degree in computer science or not—and doesn’t require one—then it’s worth applying if you think you meet their minimum requirements.
3. You can’t get a job if the recruiter doesn’t like your cover letter
“I will not get the job if the recruiter doesn’t like my cover letter.” That is the most important thing to remember when writing a cover letter.
You have to make a good impression, sell yourself and show that you’re a good fit for both the job and company in order for your application to be considered seriously.
4. You can’t get a job if you don’t have an impressive CV
A good CV is one of the most important things you will ever do.
Your CV should:
- Be tailored to each job you are applying for and be as specific as possible about your experience
- Be easy to read, with no complicated formatting or language that may confuse employers or recruiters
- Be error-free (you will be amazed how many people misspell simple words like ‘responsibility‘!)
Getting the best cover letter and CV for a job, you have to be willing to put in the work.
As much as we’d like to believe that a great cover letter and CV will automatically land us our dream job, there are some people who don’t have the best of both. If you’re one of those people, I’m sorry for your luck. You’ve got some hard work ahead of you if you want to get hired!
But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds. To help out with this process, here are some tips that can help make sure your cover letter and CV stand out from the rest:
- Make sure they’re both up-to-date! Once per year should do just fine. Make sure everything is accurate—especially if there are new skills or accomplishments under each section (or else this could come off as misleading). You don’t want a potential employer thinking that the skills listed on your CV aren’t actually yours after all—or worse yet, find out too late when it comes time for an interview! Also make sure any references listed have been verified recently; otherwise many employers won’t take them seriously enough to consider hiring someone whose references haven’t been verified lately/at all! And lastly but certainly not least importantly important thingy…
- Include an objective statement at the top so it doesn’t look like an essay from beginning until end (which would be boring). Do keep in mind though; this doesn’t mean start every sentence off with “I want…” instead try saying something like “I am interested in working at… because _____” or “My goal is..”
You are not alone if you don’t know how to write a cover letter or CV. These documents can be quite intimidating, especially if you’ve never written them before and they’re being asked of you by someone who’s hiring you for a job.
If you’ve got a great idea for what you want to do with your life, it’s time to get out there and make it happen. The first step is getting some experience under your belt, and that means applying for jobs until you find something that fits.
Hopefully, this guide has given you some tips on how to do just that! Good luck on your job hunt!