How To Land Your First Job
Gaining permanent employment for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Schools and colleges seem to concentrate their efforts on university applications and everyone else can be feeling left by the wayside. When you’re young it feels like a simple notion, you grow up, get a job and start your life as an adult, and adults have no bedtime so what’s not to like! As we know it’s not that simple. Whether you’ve come straight out of education at 18 or are slightly further down the path after university, finding the right first job can be a difficult proposition, especially if no obvious job comes to mind.
My advice is to cast a wide net, chances are you have a variety of skills and interests that would make you an asset to a whole host of different companies and industries. Read up on them, and enquire where you can to help yourself discover routes you might be interested in and make the most informed decisions possible. Even something as simple as posting on an online forum can help you find information from someone who was in your very situation not too long ago.
- Be proactive.
- Every positive step you take no matter how insignificant it may seem, is helping you further down the line.
- Every application you send is one step closer to success.
- Every addition to your CV is strengthening your case.
- Every interview you attend is an experience you can learn from to better yourself.
A nice trick I have developed over time is called The Fisherman’s Technique.
“If you will pump long enough, hard enough, and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.”
– Zig Ziglar
Picture yourself as a fisherman intent on catching a large fish (a great first job), all you can do is prepare the best bait you can (spend time crafting your CV) and dangle your rod in the water (apply for lots of different positions). When you get a bite you do your best to reel it in (interview for the position but also ask questions about the company and your potential role within it), if that goes well and you end up with a fish on your lap you can then decide whether to take it home or toss it back into the water (accept or reject the position).
Sometimes the fish might seem wonderful but end up slightly out of reach, sometimes you might pull a tyre out from the water but that’s OK, you’ve got time and its better to wait slightly longer for the right fish to present itself than to end up back on the lake in two months time. Viewing the situation like this may seem trivial but therein lies the magic, suddenly it’s a bit less of a daunting prospect, you’re in control, exercise your patience, be proactive and stay positive, by putting the right steps in price you are building the foundations for success.
More tips and tricks to follow. Good Luck.