6 Secrets to Finding Your First Job

When you’re first entering the working world, it can be a stressful experience. Suddenly, you’re in unfamiliar territory with a lot on the line. What can you do to increase your odds of finding a great job that’s a fit and the right first step in your career? Here are some tips from some of Southern New England’s top recruiters – Stewart Staffing – to help you during the process:

#1: Tailor your resume.

When it comes to your resume, one-size-fits-all simply won’t cut it. While you should create one basic resume, it’s important that you edit and tweak it every time you submit it for a new job. You should read the job posting carefully, then make changes that place your most relevant skills, experiences and accomplishments front and center.

#2: Include keywords on your resume.

When you’re working on your resume, also make sure you include keywords from the job posting within it. Many times, software systems filter resumes before a hiring manager sees them. This approach therefore increases your odds of your resume making it through the system and landing on the desk of a human.

#3: Go beyond job boards.

When searching for a new job, it’s tempting to limit your search to the major job boards. While this is the easiest approach, it’s not the most effective. Beyond those sources, it’s also important to look at any specialty job boards targeting the industry you’re interested in. Networking, both in person and online, is also critically important. Finally, consider working with a professional recruiter who can give you access to a variety of opportunities not always advertised.

#4: Set up alerts.

In addition to searching for jobs online, make sure you set up alerts with job boards, as well as companies you’re interested in working for. That way, you can leverage the power of technology and get notified immediately when a new position you might be interested in opens up.

#5: Stay organized throughout your search.

Job searches can get overwhelming. It can be difficult to remember which companies you applied to and when, making follow up hard. It’s therefore important to stay organized and keep some kind of list or spreadsheet handy where you enter in details about companies you applied to, the job title, when you applied and any notifications you received. You can also include contact information, interview dates and times, and any other pertinent details that can help you stay on top of your search.

#6: Do your homework.

If you get a phone call for an interview, celebrate for a minute and then get to work. One of the top ways you can set yourself apart during this part of the process is with careful preparation. For instance:

  • Learn all you can about the company, their services, customers and hiring needs.
  • Think through examples of your experience and accomplishments that you can talk about during the interview that tie in best with the position or the company.
  • Be ready to answer common interview questions and develop a list of your own that can help you learn more about the role and the employer.

Beyond impressing the hiring manager with your knowledge, you’ll also walk into the interview with more confidence when you’re well prepared.

Interested in putting a professional recruiter to work for you to find a new job, whether it’s your first or fifth?

Call in the experts at Stewart Staffing. As one of Southern New England’s top recruiters, we can help you craft a strong resume, prepare for interviews, and search for opportunities that are a great fit for you. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started…and get a new job!

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