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How to be THE ONE after graduation?
Have you have just finished university and ready to hit the job market?
The first thing you do is write a CV and cover letter in order to be ready to apply for thousands of applications online. It is time-consuming and frustrating but you know it is a must in order to find your dream job. It has been a couple of months already, and while you keep sending your CV out to employers you still haven't had a single interview. Then you start worrying what is wrong and why is it that nobody is noticing you. You feel depressed and exhausted, and start thinking that maybe you will not find your dream job at all. All these negative thoughts come to your mind, and you start thinking was it worth spending all those years at university studying at all. Maybe then you end up thinking that you need a job which is not according to your qualifications and dreams. Does this sound familiar to you? Are you graduate who feels exactly the same? Are you nodding yes? If yes, keep reading because this article is for you!
The first thing you need to do now is to change your thinking and get rid of all those negative ideas from your mind. Start thinking positive! You may ask what it has to do with your career and job search. But positive attitude, believes and thoughts attracts positive improvements and changes in your life. Do not forget that we are what we think and we achieve what we believe!
Then all those negatives ideas are out of your mind focus on improving your personality and you professional background. In this article I will provide steps how you can become THE ONE for employer.
You need to get rid of generic CV which you send to every employer you apply. You have just 9 seconds to stand out from the crowd when companies are looking through all CVs they have received.
Change your cover letter.
The cover letter is as much important as your CV. It does not just support your CV, but it fulfils it. Do not try to google examples of cover letter because you will end up just copying the same phrases as everybody else. It is time to use your imagination and creativity in order to be noticed.
Take care of social media.
You may think that social media is not that important but the truth is that nowadays is crucially important. You can find jobs through LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Even if you are not searching for jobs through them, you need to clean your Facebook page and other social websites. Get rid of pictures which represent you unprofessionally. Delete all posts and photos related to usage of illegal drugs, alcohol and sexual content. Also, do not forget to fix all grammar mistakes.
Finally you got an interview after such a hard work applying for all those vacancies! You are so happy that you got it. I do not want to put you down, but it is not the end yet. I know that a lot of graduates even do not get into this stage and you did. But do not do a mistake thinking that you do not need to prepare for an interview at all. Do not think that it is easy. It is not easy as you think it is. If you want to succeed and to get the job you should follow some preparation guidelines.
Finally your dream came true! You get the job you wanted. But now you are stressed if you will be a good employee in the company. You do not know how you should act and behave in the office. You are afraid of your first week in the workplace but do not be afraid. Everything will be alright especially if you will follow some basic guidelines.
During your first day observe how people in the office are dressing. Are their outfit is more casual or formal? Try to adapt your wardrobe to theirs. Business casual is always appropriate and remember overdressing is always better than underdressing.
Do not rush to go home.
Arrive 10 minutes earlier in order to get ready to work at time and do not start packing your things before your working hours are finished. Expect that during first weeks you may stay at work longer than usual. Spending more time at work will show that you are motivated to work and you try to do your best.
Be good at introducing yourself. Always smile and be positive with everybody. It is very important to get along with your co-workers.
Do not be afraid to ask questions.
If you do not understand something, ask your trainee and do not be afraid. Of course, always take a note of important information you are being introduced.
Always be doing something.
If you did your job, read it once more to make sure they are no mistakes. Do not be afraid to ask what you should do next. If your trainee is busy, just wait for him while looking at your previous task once more but do not go on Facebook or other social media. You can ask to watch what other employees are doing. It is still part of your learning.
JUST BE YOURSELF AND YOU WILL SUCCEED
Never ever lie to the employer about your experience and skills. Be honest and try to look at your weaknesses in the positive way. Do not let negative beliefs come to your mind. Think positive and try your best to get where you want to be. Do not be upset if your job search is taking a long time. Use that free time productively. Get involved in courses, charity work which can give you experience and enhance your CV. Just do not be lazy and do your best!