Graduating university is scary enough and the need to find a job can be ,daunting. This difficult process can be made less troublesome by remaining positive, realistic, and most importantly, proactive. By following some simple tricks and tips, you’ll be well on your way to your first paycheque.
Do your research
Before beginning to submit applications and interview, narrow down what jobs you might be interested in and research opportunities. Use all available resources for this process.
McGill’s Career Planning Service’s (CaPS) myFuture is a user-friendly McGill University website that can aid in your inquiries. The website provides students with an extensive list of currently available jobs categorized by position type and projected growth. The website also provides articles that guide students on how to properly format supporting documents and information on other relevant tasks that go along with job searching.
In addition, consider attending job fairs and take advantage of networking opportunities. Developing contacts in your field of interest is extremely important in establishing your credentials. Similarly, consider talking to a recruiter who works with companies in your field.
Get your foot in the door
When applying for jobs right out of university, it’s important to remain realistic. You may not get your dream job immediately, but you have to start somewhere. It’s about putting in your time and paying your dues. Even if a position seems below your skill set, it may serve as a starting point to work your way up.
If possible, you may want to consider internships both during your schooling and immediately after graduation. Having experience is a fundamental first step to getting your dream job.
Companies do their research too
Making sure you are the most appealing candidate possible also includes how you conduct yourself in your personal life. While it may seem invasive, potential employers perform background checks that include Internet searches. You should consider cleaning up your social media profiles and think twice before you post a neknomination video.
Additionally, a respectable credit history may help show employers that you are trustworthy and responsible. Employers can access this information through a background check, although they have to give you notice of it. Even drug tests are standard for corporate jobs.
Pay close attention to your CV and résumé
There is a difference between a CV and a résumé. Your CV includes the publications that your name is attached to when you have done significant research, whereas a résumé is used to highlight your skills, work experience, and education history.
Your résumé should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for, and your cover letter should be customized for each job. Ensure that there aren’t any silly spelling errors by always editing and revising your documents. Remove superfluous information such as your birthday and martial status, as it is irrelevant to your job application. In addition, make sure your email address is appropriate and professional.
The interview is key
First impressions can make or break a job application. Interviews give employers an idea of your decision-making ability and character. Every little thing matters; be early, but not too early, as this can make you look desperate. Always be honest (lying can come back to haunt you), make sure to keep eye contact, shake hands firmly, and speak with confidence.
Appearance is more important than you might think. For example, visible tattoos may be a deterrent to some employers. Also sit up straight and do not fidget, as it can make you appear nervous. If it is hot outside, arrive a little earlier to give yourself time to cool off and prevent sweating through your shirt.
You can demonstrate interest by preparing questions to ask your prospective employer, although it’s best to avoid talking about salary. Finally, remember to thank the interviewer for their time both during the interview and in an email afterwards to further emphasize your gratitude.