Graduating from university is a major milestone in life that signifies the start of new and exciting adventures. Most of you are probably itching to put your degree to use and get out in the working world. Along with all that eagerness comes anxiety. The job search can be overwhelming, especially for a new grad who has likely spent their uni or TAFE career focusing on academia instead of how find employment. If you’re fairly green when it comes to landing a job, here are a few tips that may increase your chances of getting hired:
1. Showcase Your Skills
If you know that your leadership skills far exceed your work ethic, highlight those traits in the interview process. It’s also a wise idea to come up with a few keywords that define you as an employee so that your potential employer can easily see what interests you have and how they line up with the position.
2. Practice Interviews
Interviews are a lot like exams. The more you practice, the better you’ll do when it comes down to the real thing. The main difference between an interview and an exam is that there’s no one right answer in an interview so play up your skills in any way that will help sell yourself as an employee. Add a little personality into your responses so that the interviewer can see what type of person you are outside of their office. It’s always important to keep in mind what will make you stand out in a crowd and practice how to best get across that information during the interview process.
3. Be Truthful
Be truthful but still positive about your past employment experiences. No one likes to hear that they were terrible at a job. If your resume states that you worked at a certain place for three years, it’s perfectly fine to mention how much you enjoyed the atmosphere and your co-workers but be honest about why the company ultimately didn’t work out. Revealing that you were fired or quit because of workplace drama is a surefire way to scare off even the most lenient of interviewers.
4. Keep your social life under wraps!
Partying, drinking and having fun shouldn’t be at the top of your priority list when you’re trying to land a job. More often than not, it’s frowned upon if you mention that you were out until the crack of dawn the night before your interview. Even if you’re not a rager, make sure that any partying or drinking activities don’t end up on social media while preparing for an interview. It’s in your best interest to keep those types of things off of Twitter and Facebook so that potential employers can get a good look at the kind of person that you really are.
5. Preparation is King
Whether it’s your first job out of college or an internship, make sure to do all the preparation beforehand so that when the actual interview comes around, nothing will be able to shake you. Even if a potential employer doesn’t provide you with a lot of information on what they’re looking for in an applicant, you can still learn a lot about what to expect while you’re preparing for the interview itself.
I hope this post has been helpful for you. You’re now armed with some valuable job search tips to help get your career off the ground and on a better trajectory. Remember, it’s important to stay resilient in your job search process so that you can find what is best suited for you!